Vladimir Putin matches his tough-guy rhetoric with his physique. He has talked down the US about his intentions to assist Syria should Barack Obama and his European allies intervene or, as he puts it, interfere. He told the US he would not give them Eric Snowden, and even attempted to lecture Uncle Sam on the respect for human rights and the freedom of information! This former KGB strongman, a tough-tested judoka and karateka wields authority at the Kremlin, and everyone knows he is not someone to mess with.
Here is a collection of photographs that tell the story of the tough Russian President, the judo black belt who flies a fighter aircraft and shoots a Siberian tiger in the wild.
First things first, when you are in Russia, you must paint Putin right: macho.
The Russian law-enforcement agents raided a museum just to confiscate a painting that portrayed President Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in feminine taste. Together with several other painting, Konstantin Altunin’s “Travesty” was confiscated and the exhibition at the Muzei Vlasti (Museum of Authorities) in St. Petersburg was shut down on August 26, 2013 for “extremist propaganda.”
Putin always his carves his persona masculine. We see the Russian strongman recharging when he visited the Siberian Khakasiya region. He comes out as the warrior or lumberjack character.
As soon as he retired from the KGB, spymaster Putin asserted his top slot in the country’s political setup. His 16 years as a veteran KGB operative definitely contribute to Putin’s political muscle and finesse at the game of politics.
As if to make a point, President Putin is seen here at a gun shooting gallery with gun in hand. This was on November 8, 2006 when the strongman visited the new GRU military intelligence headquarters in the Russian capital, Moscow.
Here, Putin trains with an assault rifle simulator.
The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin had just been elected President. The President-elect visited a research facility of Russia Railways in Moscow on April 26, 2012. He is seen here aiming at an electronic shooting range with a model assault rifle.
In 2010, Putin rides a Harley Davidson, in the company of “fellow” bikers, to a motorcycle enthusiasts’ “congregation” in Crimea.