Valdimir Putin is known for trying to maintain an image of vitality, youth and strength in the media. The Russian leader recently took a vacation to the Tuva region in Siberia along with his defense minister Sergei Shoigu.
Putin was shirtless in nearly all of the photos except for a couple of him in a wet suit and a jacket.
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The leader took a dip in the lake for a little exercise:
At one point, Putin seemingly entered the water to catch fish with his bare hands:
Here Putin prepares for a dive:
Putin completing a dive:
Here we see Putin bringing in a large fish he has just caught:
Defense minister Shoigu apparently decided to follow Putin’s lead and go shirtless:
Putin might be reflecting on international relations as he gets his line into the water.
Putin takes some time to enjoy the sun and scenery:
Perhaps Putin was demonstrating the size of a fish he caught in this photo:
The Russian leader reels in a good looking fish:
Not the biggest fish caught during the trip, but a worth photo op nonetheless:
Putin has the fish where he wants it:
Putin takes the helm of the boat:
Here is an action video of Putin from the vacation: