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Putin’s weekend in the Siberian taiga is not your typical holiday

Even with his busy schedule Russian leader Vladimir Putin finds a few days for a short holiday, and he makes it a very active one.
By Igor Rozin
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On Aug. 1–3, Vladimir Putin made a two-day stop in Tyva, southern Siberia, on his way to Blagoveshchensk in Russia’s Far East. According to Kremlin.ru, the leader visited a remote area in the taiga, fished in a mountain lake, went spearfishing, sunbathed, journeyed down mountain rivers and rapids on powerboats and rafts, took mountain hikes, and also rode a quad.
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Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, head of the Republic of Khakassia Viktor Zimin, and head of the Republic of Tyva Sholban Kara-ool accompanied the president on this active holiday. “Putin has visited the area a number of times, but each time he tries to see something new,” wrote the official Kremlin website.
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Vladimir Putin and Sergei Shoigu pick mushrooms. However, we don’t recommend you do the same unless you know what you're doing - they could be poisonous.
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The president catches a fish waist-deep in water.
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Oh, what a catch!
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And this one. Should make good cutlets.
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What did your biggest haul look like, Mr. President?
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This fish will make excellent outdoor 'ukha' (fish soup).
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Vladimir Putin and Sergei Shoigu explore the white moss of the taiga.
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Hiking in the forest.
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In Russia, they say the best rest is to change your daily activity. So, now it’s time to swim.
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And dive!
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Vladimir Putin went underwater fishing with a GoPro camera on his snorkel.
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Head of the Republic of Khakassia Viktor Zimin and head of the Republic of Tyva Sholban Kara-ool (right) also caught a big fish.
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The trophies look impressive.

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