Putin cultivates strongman persona with holiday adventures

Putin cultivates strongman persona with holiday adventuresRussia’s President Vladimir Putin, who loves to cultivate a virile man-of-action image, was shown on Russian TV Saturday spear-fishing in a camouflage wetsuit, piloting a powerboat and catching some rays while on a Siberian holiday. Putin’s affinity for the tough guy pose has been documented with shots of him bare-chested on horseback, diving in a submarine in Lake Baikal — the world’s deepest — and flipping a Judo opponent. Putin “fished in a waterfall near a mountain lake, indulged in underwater fishing, sunbathed, went rafting in mountain rivers, piloted… motor boats, went hiking and four-wheeler riding in the mountains,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.



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