Putin had a forest photoshoot in Siberia for his birthday, and it's the most majestic propaganda you'll see today

James Pasley


  • Over the weekend, Russian president Vladimir Putin and his defense chief Sergey Shoigu took a relaxing hike through the Taiga woods, in Siberia.

  • Every year, the Kremlin releases Putin's official vacation photos around the time of his birthday. He turned 67 on October 7.

  • The photos show him hiking, picking flowers and mushrooms, and admiring the view.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen during his holiday in the Siberian taiga.

Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik / Kremlin / Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin likes to recharge in nature. Photos released by the Kremlin on Monday, which is notorious for putting out propaganda on his behalf, attests to just that.

While in the past Putin's official photos have featured him doing manly things like hunting or riding horseback shirtless, this is the second year that he was captured wandering through woods and mountains in Siberia.

In a video that was released with the photos, The Telegraph reported it appeared he was limping. He turned 67 on October 7.

Here are some of the best, if not entirely candid, photos of the Russian leader celebrating his birthday.

Putin's love of nature is well-documented by the Russian media. So it made sense that he spent the weekend in the Taiga woods in Siberian mountains, before celebrating his 67th birthday.

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