Caught on camera: Kremlin releases photos of Putin's Siberian fishing trip
By Vladimir Soldatkin
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin spent several days hiking and fishing in Siberia in early September, the Kremlin said on Sunday when it posted pictures of the president on the holiday.
A caption under one of the 20 images posted on the Kremlin website says that the president stopped for a few days in Siberia in early September after a work trip to Russia's Far East.
A few days later, in mid-September, Putin said he would have to spend "a few days" in self-isolation after dozens of people in his wake fell ill with COVID-19. He had to cancel his trip to Tajikistan because of a security summit.
Putin has cultivated a macho image that appeals to many Russians, having previously been shirtless and wearing sunglasses riding a horse, carrying a hunting rifle and piloting a fighter jet.
This time his excursions were more mundane.
The Kremlin released photos of Putin standing in a river catching a fish, walking through lush meadows and talking to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, his usual vacation companion.
Putin, 68, received two syringes of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine. The Kremlin said he felt healthy. (This story corrects the headline and shows that the trip to Siberia was in early September, not recently)
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Kirsten Donovan)
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