MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin
has spent several days on holiday in Siberia where he was hiking
and fishing, the Kremlin said on Sunday, following a short spell
in self-isolation as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.
Putin said in the middle of September he would have to
spend “a few days” in self-isolation after dozens of people in
his entourage fell ill with COVID-19. He had to cancel his trip
to Tajikistan for a security summit.
Putin has cultivated a macho image, appealing to many
Russians, and has previously been pictured riding a horse
barechested and in sun glasses, as well as carrying a hunting
rifle and piloting a fighter jet.
This time, his outings were more mundane.
The Kremlin published 20 photos of Putin standing in a river
and catching a fish, walking through lush meadows and talking
to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, his usual holiday companion.
Putin, 68, has had two shots of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.
The Kremlin has said he was feeling healthy.
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