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.
He regularly plays hockey in a Sochi night league.
He and and the prime minister pump iron between meetings.
Putin's busy summer included an expedition in the Black Sea.
Add archeological discoveries to his resumé.
He's cool with cats.
And has an eye for the birds.
He could tell a few fish stories.
Siberian summers get hot.
It's no surprise the ex-KGB agent is a good shot.
Time to suit up for a Formula One drive.
A firm hand on the stick guides a water bomber.
On the road with bikers.
With files from The Associated Press