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Kremlin releases photos of Vladimir Putin's vacation in Siberia

Business Insider Logo By Michelle Mark of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 9: <p> Russian President Vladimir Putin posed for action shots throughout his vacation earlier this week, as he fished, kayaked, snorkeled, and mushroom-picked his way through southern Siberia.</p><p> The Kremlin has often sought to portray the Russian leader through photos as a macho outdoorsman - he has been similarly photographed in the past doing activities like horseback riding, hunting, and practicing Judo.</p><p> On this vacation, Putin spent two days in the Tuva region and was accompanied part of the time by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-04/putin-the-hunter-goes-spear-fishing-and-soon-you-ll-see-the-film"> Bloomberg</a>.</p><p> And while the Siberian lake Putin visited is usually 63 degrees Fahrenheit, "that didn't keep the president from going for a swim," Peskov said. He added that Putin was "chasing a pike for two hours and just couldn't hit it, but he managed to get it in the end."</p><strong> Here's what Putin got up to in the early days of August:</strong>

Russian President Vladimir Putin posed for action shots throughout his vacation earlier this week, as he fished, kayaked, snorkeled, and mushroom-picked his way through southern Siberia.

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