Putin went on vacation and released a new set of shirtless pictures.

Putin Went on Vacation and Released a New Set of Shirtless Pictures

Putin Went on Vacation and Released a New Set of Shirtless Pictures

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Aug. 5 2017 8:13 PM

Putin Went on Vacation and Released a New Set of Shirtless Pictures

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Russian President Vladimir Putin sunbathes during his vacation in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia.

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A few days after Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that 755 American diplomats would be kicked out of the country, he went on a little vacation. And, coincidentally enough, the Russian leader took his camera crew along for the hiking and camping trip that took place between Aug. 1 and 3. The results were put on public display on Saturday, when the Kremlin released photos and videos of a shirtless Putin sunbathing, fishing, and hiking in southern Siberia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia.

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The footage that was broadcast by Russian state television emphasized “the physical fitness of the president” who apparently spent two hours pursuing a pike before he finally caught it, according to his spokesman.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin hunts fish underwater in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia.

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Some pictures show the 64-year-old Putin fishing alongside Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who, of course, was also bare-chested.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, fishes in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, gestures as he fishes in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia.

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These sort of action shots are hardly new for the Russian president, who is fond of releasing photos that show him doing things like flying combat jets, riding horses bare-chested, playing ice hockey, and scuba-diving, to name a few.

Putin’s photos were released as Trump was on the second day of his 17-day “working vacation” at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.