Putin ends self-isolation with Siberian fishing trip

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Russian President Vladimir Putin spends a short vacation at an unknown location in Siberia. (Courtesy: Reuters photo)

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent several days on holiday in Siberia where he was hiking and fishing, the Kremlin said on Sunday, following a short spell in self-isolation as a precautionary measure against Covid-19.
Putin said in the middle of September he would have to spend "a few days" in self-isolation after dozens of people in his entourage fell ill with Covid-19. He had to cancel his trip to Tajikistan for a security summit.
Putin has cultivated a macho image, appealing to many Russians, and has previously been pictured riding a horse barechested and in sun glasses, as well as carrying a hunting rifle and piloting a fighter jet.
This time, his outings were more mundane.
The Kremlin published 20 photos of Putin standing in a river and catching a fish, walking through lush meadows and talking to defence minister Sergei Shoigu, his usual holiday companion.
Putin, 68, has had two shots of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. The Kremlin has said he was feeling healthy.


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