Super Putin: Flamboyant portrayals of Russia's president

From judo to hockey to scuba diving for treasure, here are a few examples of Russian President Vladimir Putin's frequent portrayals as a man of action.

Vladimir Putin is a man of action, with pictures to prove it

Along with his reputation as an iron-fisted leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin is known to be an avid sportsman with a longtime love of judo, the Japanese martial art.

Images of the Russian leader engaging in feats of athletic prowess and daring appear frequently, shoring up his image as a man of action. 

Putin has a black belt in judo.

Putin, who holds a black belt in judo, puts a national team member to the mat in Sochi on Jan. 8, 2016. (Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin/Reuters)

He regularly plays hockey in a Sochi night league.

In October, Putin celebrated his birthday with a hockey game during which the 63-year-old led his team (which included retired NHL players Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny) in scoring with seven goals. (Elexey Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/EPA)

He and and the prime minister pump iron between meetings.

In August 2015, Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev take an exercise break at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence, in Sochi, pumping iron. (Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Reuters)

Putin's busy summer included an expedition in the Black Sea. 

Putin appears at the helm of a research bathyscaphe before it submerges near Sevastopol, Crimea, in August. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters)

Add archeological discoveries to his resumé.

Putin displays some ancient Greek artifacts purportedly discovered while diving in southern Russia in 2011. (Alexei Druzhinin/Getty)

He's cool with cats. 

Russia's leader visited the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre in Sochi in February 2014, where he shared a moment with this Persian leopard cub. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters)

And has an eye for the birds.

Flying an ultralight aircraft, Putin led a flock of captive-bred endangered Siberian cranes on their migration route to Central Asia in 2012. (Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters)

He could tell a few fish stories.

On a trip to Siberia in 2013, Putin posed with a pike reportedly weighing 21 kilograms that he was said to have landed. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters)

Siberian summers get hot. 

A bare-chested Putin casts his line in the Tuva region of Siberia. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters)
Putin has visited Siberia's Tuva area numerous times, including on this hunting trip in 2007. (RIA Novosti/Reuters)
Putin takes to horseback in the southern Siberian town of Kyzyl, where he is known to spend his summer vacations. (Alexei Druzhinin/Getty)

It's no surprise the ex-KGB agent is a good shot.

Putin aims at a target with a replica AK-47 rifle in a shooting gallery in Moscow in 2012. (Alexei Druzhinin/Government Press Service/Associated Press)
Putin tries out a new shooting range at the GRU military intelligence headquarters, in Moscow in 2006. (Presidential Press Service/Reuters)
Putin fires a crossbow-like tool at a whale in 2010. It was part of a scientific mission to take skin samples for analysis. (Alexei Druzhinin/Getty)

Time to suit up for a Formula One drive.

Putin prepares to test drive a car belonging to the Renault Formula One team in St. Petersburg in 2010. (Alexei Druzhinin/Getty)

A firm hand on the stick guides a water bomber.

Putin takes to the air in a waterbombing plane to join the firefighting effort against wildfires in the Rayzan region in 2010. (Alexei Nikolsky/Getty)

On the road with bikers.

Before Russia's annexation of Crimea, Putin took part in a solidarity motorcycle ride with Russian and Ukrainian club members in 2010. Putin's ride is a three-wheeler, however. (Sergei Karpukhin/Getty)

With files from The Associated Press


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