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Putin pics: cultivating the hard-man image

Top photos of Russia’s prime minister Vladimir Putin in action.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Russian Prime Minister, former president, sometime firefighter, adventurer, scientist, martial arts expert… the list is seemingly endless.

Photos from his summer and winter breaks depict Putin in an array of hard-man poses – and this slideshow brings you the best. is convinced Putin hears the A-Team theme in his head for some of these photos:

Putin pics: cultivating the hard-man image
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    Putin stares down a bear while visiting the South Kamchatka Federal Sanctuary in the east of Siberia last week. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool) Source: (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)
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    The patient looks suitably worried that his prime minister is getting involved in his treatment. Putin visits air force pilot Vyacheslav Malkov (in bed) after his plane was shot down by Georgian forces in August 2008. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)Source: (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)
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    Hanging out with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on a skiing trip in the south of the country last January. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)Source: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool
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    Putin shows his sensitive side by feeding a baby elk in a Moscow park where animals roam free. (AP Photo/Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)Source: AP Photo/Alexei Druzhinin, Pool
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    A bare-chested Putin goes horseriding in Siberia during his summer holidays last year. (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Alexei Drizhinin, Pool)Source: AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Alexei Drizhinin, Pool
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    Not a man to be stopped by seriously inclement weather, Putin heads off into the Siberian hills on horseback in February. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)Source: AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool
  • Ukraine Putin The Biker

    Putin burns rubber on a Harley Davidson Lehman Trike after meeting with bikers at a camp in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula last month.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)Source: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool
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    Putin holds a crossbow as he sits on a rubber boat at the Olga Harbor during a scientific expedition, to study gray whales last week. Any sensible whale in the locale legged it. (Alexei Druzhinin/AP/Press Association Images)Source: (Alexei Druzhinin/AP/Press Association Images)
  • Russia Putin Forest Fires

    Putin sits in the co-pilot's seat among the crew of a firefighting airplane in early August, and helps put out two of the hundreds of wildfires that swept western Russia for weeks this summer.(AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)Source: AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool
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    No, wait! He's just a regular guy! Putin fills the tank of a yellow Russian-made Lada Kalina at petrol station on the newly-opened Chita-Khabarovsk highway on Friday. (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)Source: (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)

The following video shows judo black belt Putin pulling some slick moves. In 2008, he released a DVD called “Let’s Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin”.

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