MOSCOW, September 26 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin spent several days hiking and fishing in Siberia in early September, the Kremlin said on Sunday, posting photos of the president during the holidays.
A caption under one of the 20 photos posted on the Kremlin’s website indicates that the president stopped for a few days in Siberia after a work trip to the Russian Far East in early September.
Several days later, in mid-September, Putin said he would have to spend “a few days” in isolation after dozens of people around him fell ill with COVID-19. He had to cancel his trip to Tajikistan for a security summit. Read more
Putin has cultivated a macho image, attractive to many Russians, and has previously been pictured riding a shirtless horse and wearing sunglasses, as well as carrying a shotgun and piloting a fighter plane.
This time, his outings were more mundane.
The Kremlin released photos of Putin standing in a river and catching a fish, walking through lush meadows and chatting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, his usual vacation companion.
Putin, 68, received two injections of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The Kremlin said he felt healthy.
(This story corrects the title and shows that the trip to Siberia was in early September, not recently)
Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Kirsten Donovan
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