Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the most of a weekend away from Moscow, enjoying the quiet life in a Siberian nature reserve with some top Kremlin officials.
Photographs published by the Kremlin show a relaxed-looking Putin walking leisurely in the mountains and forests of the Republic of Tyva in Southern Siberia. A video also shows the president trekking with Nordic walking poles, inspecting the soil, relaxing on a boat, looking pensively across the landscape and surveying native wildlife grazing on the mountainside.
Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the Russian leader had spent Saturday and Sunday in Tyva and was accompanied by Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, the director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Aleksander Bortnikov and local officials on the weekend sojourn. “Putin walked in the mountains and enjoyed the natural beauty,” Peskov said.
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