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Vladimir Putin, 68, shows off ‘macho’ pics hunting bears & fishing amid health fears as inner circle hit with Covid


RUSSIAN strongman Vladimir Putin is featured in new images showing him in the wilds of Siberia — amid fears over health after his inner circle caught covid.

The action man-style videos showing the president hunting bears and fishing are understood to have been released around two-and-a-half weeks after they were filmed.

Putin is currently “self-isolating” because of a Covid-19 “outbreak” in his entourage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes during a short vacation at an unknown location in Siberia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes during a short vacation at an unknown location in SiberiaCredit: Reuters
The president loves the Siberian wilderness and makes an annual pilgrimage there

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The president loves the Siberian wilderness and makes an annual pilgrimage thereCredit: Reuters

He is seen with his loyal defence minister on a 72-hour camping trip in the taiga, believed to be the Sayano-Shushensky Nature Reserve in Khakassia.

Footage shows Shoigu pointing out a bear’s den where a beast had been “sleeping”.

Putin is also seen driving an off-road vehicle, steering a boat on a Siberian river, fishing pike, and walking through mountains. 

The Kremlin leader also admitted he was nearly knocked over as he drove past galloping red maral deers. 

He said: “Huge marals — I haven’t seen anything like that.

“Good thing they didn’t hit us, they nearly did. And at such a high speed.”

Footage also revealed the inside of Putin’s tent with a simple camping bed. 

Shoigu teased the Russian leader over a mock fireplace — but Putin said “you shouldn’t laugh” because the infrared heater, while not a proper hearth, still warmed his tent.

He was also pictured sitting beside a proper campfire — as he is accused of limiting gas supplies to Europe this winter.

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Putin was also shown footage of snow leopard cubs and also a gruesome kill by a brown bear snatching an ibex kid.

ELECTION FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

His Siberia jaunt was early this month, but the first footage only appeared today in Moscow. 

It follows a parliamentary election hailed as free and fair by the Kremlin, but Communists took to the streets this weekend to claim vast vote-rigging. 

Independent election analyst Sergei Shpilkin alleged fraud led to 14 million votes being added to the pro-Putin United Russia vote. 

The footage and pictures are also released as Putin is reportedly self-isolating due to a mass outbreak of Covid-19 in his entourage.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu accompanied Putin on the holiday

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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu accompanied Putin on the holidayCredit: Reuters
Putin is konwn for his ove of hunting

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Putin is konwn for his ove of huntingCredit: Reuters

One Putin health-watcher, political analyst Valery Solovei, claimed last week on Echo Moscow radio that Putin “needs to undergo surgery”.

He said: “Either he has already had it done, or he will tonight.”

Yet Putin was seen on TV talking by videoconference to parliamentary party leaders on Saturday. 

Solovei and a Telegram channel linked to him and an unnamed disaffected former Lt-General with reported connections in the Kremlin elite have previously alleged that Putin has a major health problem that has been hidden from Russians. 

Sociologist Olga Kryshtanovskaya, an observer of ruling circles in Russia claimed that a transition of power is gradually underway although the identity of Putin’s successor was not known.

The images have been released amid speculation over Putin's health after his entourage went into isolation after one of them tested positive for Covid-19

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The images have been released amid speculation over Putin’s health after his entourage went into isolation after one of them tested positive for Covid-19Credit: Reuters
Vladimir Putin set to self-isolate after member of entourage tests positive for Covid

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