March 26, 2021

Putin's Siberian Adventure


Putin's Siberian Adventure
A trip to the Russian woods isn't complete without driving an all-terrain vehicle. Press Service of the President of Russia

Everyone's favorite cologne brand ambassador took a chance to get away from the office and enjoy some time in nature recently.

Putin's latest antics took him to a Siberian forest, where he spent some quality time with defense minister Sergei Shoigu.

A series of photos published on the Kremlin website show the Russian president and his pal hanging out in a woodshop, drinking tea outside, and posing with a tracked, tank-like all-terrain vehicle. All this while clad in matching brown sheepskin outfits.

This is merely the latest of Putin's hyper-manly antics. The still-spry 68-year-old is known (and sometimes ridiculed) for his highly press-documented journeys under the sea, skiing with the President of Belarus, and visiting COVID wards.

Our question is, why not take a holiday on the balmy shores of the Black Sea instead?

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