Vladimir Putin and his masculine portrait drawn by Russia

You'll never catch Putin in a skirt, in fact, his persona is more like that of a lumberjack/warrior. Here Putin recharges on a visit to the Siberian Khakasiya region.
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A 16-year veteran of the KGB, Putin knows his way around a gun. After his retirement in 1991, he rapidly rose through Russian politics to become top dog in the world's largest nation.
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Here, Putin trains with an assault rifle simulator.
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Here's Putin riding a Harley Davidson to a meeting with motorcycle enthusiasts in Crimea in 2010.
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The high council of Russian bikers unanimously voted him into a Hells Angels rank. His nickname is "Abaddon," a Hebrew word that roughly translates to The Destroyer.
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Putin likes speed; In 2010 he took a test drive of a Renault Formula One car at a racing track in Leningrad. He reached the maximum speed of 240 km per hour.
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Here, Putin and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ride a snowmobile at an Olympic alpine ski park. The pair will later hit the slopes.
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He also led the Russian team in a "friendly" match against neighboring Finland. Here, he presents skates to the Finnish president Sauli Niinisto
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Putin makes a slap shot right before a youth ice hockey tournament. Putin picked up the sport after promising the Russia men's junior ice hockey team he'd learn it following their win in the 2011 world tournament.
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The man is also a sixth-degree Judo black belt. He also holds a second black belt in Kyokushin kaikan karate.
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His signature Judo move is the Harai Goshi sweeping hip throw. He wrote a book on the form of combat.
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Here, Putin educates a Judo student in the art of inflicting pain on enemies with his bare hands.
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Still, he's not always the one in the arena. Here he adjudicates an arm wrestling match between two competitors at a Kremlin youth camp.
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He swims in freezing Siberian lakes for fun.
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Besides his love for hand-to-hand combat, Putin likes to relax by fishing.
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One of the Russian President's favorite hobbies is hunting, an he frequently goes on expeditions to aid researchers in tagging animals.
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In 2008, Putin went on a tiger hunt in the Russian far-east as part of a scientific expedition.
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He shot a tiger with a tranquilizer dart, which allowed the researchers to tag the big cat with a satellite tracker.
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He's also shot a polar bear for science. This allowed researchers to tag and track the arctic bear.
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If you haven't shook hands with a legit walrus, your name is something other than Vladimir Putin.
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No beast is safe from an armed Vladimir Putin. He shot an endangered grey whale with a crossbow from a motorboat, again to help researchers track the animal.
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He even goes below the water on expeditions to see some of Russia's historical shipwrecks.
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Here Putin goes on an expedition to inspect the snow leopard's habitat.
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He snagged this fish on the snow leopard expedition.
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He also has found ways to help scientists tag creatures without shooting them. Here he feeds a Beluga whale named Dasha.
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Here he is, attaching a satellite tracking device to Dasha shortly after.
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He also attempted to help endangered Siberian cranes begin their migration routes by assisting them with a motorized hang glider.
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It was altogether unsuccessful due to strong winds.
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Putin is an avid horseback rider.
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Here he rides a horse through a river in the Tyva Republic in the Siberian Federal District.
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Putin takes in the scenic Siberian wilderness while shirtless on a horse.
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Vladimir Putin again eschews a shirt while hiking along the Siberian Khemchik River in the summer.
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Still, there's a lot more to Putin than shooting animals with tranquilizer guns while shirtless. Putin tickles the ivories for a crowd at the Theatre of Nations in Moscow. He often plays the patriotic song "From What The Motherland Begins?" and the "Anthem of Saint Petersburg," his hometown jam.
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Putin is also a man of science. Here he SCUBA dives at an archaeological site.
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The hunt was "successful," given that Putin found two amphorae that were placed there by the archaeologists beforehand.
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Here Putin hikes beyond the Arctic Circle to meet with scientists measuring the impacts of global climate change.
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There's also a softer side to the Russian President. Here, Putin strokes a two-month-old tiger cub he received as a birthday present at his Novo Ogaryovo residence outside of Moscow. It will soon go to a zoo.
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And in this shot, Putin kicks back and relaxes with loyal second-in-command Dmitry Medvedev as they watch a soccer match.
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  • Darius
  • September 16, 2013, 7:28 am
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  • 3

    ...and in this image we see him intercepting an enemy jet....

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    • Math
    • September 16, 2013, 8:28 am
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  • 3

    ....in this picture we see Putin breaking a comet in.....

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    • Math
    • September 16, 2013, 8:31 am
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  • 2

    Damn, I may not like some of his policies (many) but when it comes to being a man, he's Putin a lot of men to shame.

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    #20 he's just there for the handler...

    • MIKYTEY
    • September 16, 2013, 7:37 am
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