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Vladimir Putin's Lessons In Machismo

Vladimir Putin, Russia's diminutive ex-spy-cum-president-cum-prime-minister-cum-president has gone to great lengths, distances, and depths to cultivate his image as a swashbuckling man of action. Here are some of the Russian leader's most glaringly, er, robust photo ops over the years.

A shirtless Putin famously hunts in the foothills of the Sayan Mountains in the Republic of Tuva in August 2007.
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A shirtless Putin famously hunts in the foothills of the Sayan Mountains in the Republic of Tuva in August 2007.

Putin helps scientists tag a Siberian tiger in August 2008.
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Putin helps scientists tag a Siberian tiger in August 2008.

Putin swims the butterfly during a vacation outside the town of Kyzyl in southern Siberia in August 2009.
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Putin swims the butterfly during a vacation outside the town of Kyzyl in southern Siberia in August 2009.

A shirtless Putin rides a horse during a vacation in the Republic of Tuva in August 2009.
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A shirtless Putin rides a horse during a vacation in the Republic of Tuva in August 2009.

Putin inside a submersible during a dive into the depths of Lake Baikal in August 2009.
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Putin inside a submersible during a dive into the depths of Lake Baikal in August 2009.

Putin throws a Japanese judo expert during an exhibition in Tokyo in September 2000.
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Putin throws a Japanese judo expert during an exhibition in Tokyo in September 2000.

Putin inspects the cockpit of the new Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter jet at Gromov Airfield in June 2010.
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Putin inspects the cockpit of the new Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter jet at Gromov Airfield in June 2010.

Putin hits the slopes at the Krasnaya Polyana ski center outside Sochi, venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Putin hits the slopes at the Krasnaya Polyana ski center outside Sochi, venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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