Putin on a show: President angling for adventures
MOSCOW» Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone spearfishing in southern Siberia’s mountains, the latest outdoor exploit for the action man and adventure-loving Russian leader.
Footage released Saturday by Russian state television stations showed Putin steering an inflatable boat and fishing barechested with a rod, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other officials.
“It’s a good catch,” a beaming Putin said, displaying his spoils.
During the trip last week across pristine mountain rivers and lakes in the forested near the border with Mongolia, Putin also tried for the first time to fish underwater with a spear gun.
Action camera footage showed Putin moving underwater in a swimsuit and shooting a pike. “It’s very sly and cautious,” the president said of his prey after getting out.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said last week that the president spent two hours pursuing a pike before finally catching it.
The Russian leader has frequently offered macho images of his sporting life, which has included flying combat jets, riding horses, scuba-diving and riding a horse bare-chested.
A longtime judo master, he now regularly plays ice hockey.
In other televised escapades underlining his love for nature, Putin accompanied a flock of cranes on a motorized hang glider, shot a tiger with a tranquilizer gun, tracked polar bears and released leopards into a wildlife sanctuary.