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New bare-chested Putin photos released — 2017 edition, aquatic theme

By Avi Selk

August 5, 2017 at 1:26 PM

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Video released by the Kremlin on Aug. 5 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin on a fishing trip in southern Siberia’s mountains. (Reuters)

The new Vladmir Putin propaganda set is now available on Russian state media, where you can follow the autocratic president on his adventures to a Siberian lake with fun accessories, friendly ministers and brand-new outfits.

Sporting camouflaged diving gear and matching ensembles for all kinds of weather, Putin took a two-day holiday in the remote Tuva region this week.

"He always has his eye on new places to visit," the president's spokesman told state-run media, which previously brought you Hang-Gliding Putin, Judo Master Putin and Putin's tiger cub, Mashenka.

Here's Tuva Putin with his optional sun-hat removed, looking at mushrooms with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

In this photo released by Russian state-run media Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu rest after fishing during a mini-break in the Tuva region of Siberia a few days ago. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo/AP)

Will Putin and Shoigu cook the mushrooms? Perhaps they are poisonous, and Putin is going to destroy them. Russian state media did not release many details from the trip, but the president is something of a wilderness expert, as fans of the classic Horseback Putin set should know.

Here he is with sun hat and sunglasses on, pointing at something that looks important.

(Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo/AP)

His outfit is completely customizable, as you can see:

(Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo/EPA)

Removable, too.

Russian President Vladimir Putin relaxes after fishing during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu rest after fishing during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin swims during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares for snorkeling during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) float in a boat while they fish during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is snorkeling during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin swims during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin controls a boat during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu rest after fishing during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a fish he caught during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
President Vladimir Putin holds a pike he caught during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for a photo during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for a photo during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu rest during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and head of the Republic of Khakassia Viktor Zimin fish during the hunting and fishing trip which took place on August 1-3 in the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, Russia, in this photo released by the Kremlin on August 5, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Photo Gallery: The Kremlin released photos of Vladmir Putin swimming, hunting and fishing on vacation in southern Siberia, Russia.

"The climate there is harsh, strongly continental," Putin's spokesman told the state-run news agency, TASS. Temperatures swing from hot in the day to near-freezing in the evenings.

But Tuva Putin has accessories for all eventualities. Here he is appearing to drive a motor boat with a twig in his pocket.

(Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo)

He can also paddle. We're not sure of the twig's significance.

(Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo)

Putin stopped in Tuva on his way to another lake — a freshwater reservoir where he was scheduled to speak about environmental protection and release 50,000 fish. (Putin fans will remember that the president released full-grown tigers and a polar bear in previous government-staged photo shoots.)

But Putin giveth to nature, and he taketh away:

(Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

That fish isn't nearly as big as the 46-pounder Putin caught when he visited Tuva in 2013, one reporter pointed out.

But not to worry; this week's trip "was even more exciting than before," the president's spokesman assured.

See:

In this photo released Saturday by Russian state-run media, Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares for a swim during a mini-break in the Tuva region in Siberia a few days ago. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo/AP)

That's Putin with his speargun, getting ready to brave the frigid lake, where he "spent two hours in a diving suit underwater chasing an evasive pike," according to state media.

Also according to state media, Putin once dove into the Black Sea and emerged with two ancient Greek urns — although state media later admitted the discovery had been staged.

But never mind that. At the lake in Tuva this week, Putin eventually resurfaced with his catch — well-dressed in victory, as always.

(Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

The president's spokesman promised to release more images from the trip Monday, including video of Quadricycling Putin.

In the mean time, all the president's previous adventures are still available:

Putin waits in a motorized hang glider next to a Siberian white crane on the Yamal Peninsula in 2012. (Alexei Druzhinin/Presidential Press Service/RIA-Novosti/AP)
Horseback Putin outside the town of Kyzyl in 2009. (Alexsey Druginyn/AFP/Getty Images)
Putin caresses a Persian leopard cub in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. (Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)
Hockey Putin, 2014. (Alexei Nikolsky/Presidential Press Service/RIA-Novosti/AP)
Putin plays with his dogs Yume and Buffy in an undisclosed location of the Moscow region. (Alexei Druzhinin/Presidential Press Service/RIA Novosti/AP)
Tranquilized Tiger Putin, in 2008. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA-Novosti/AP)
Polar Bear Putin, during a visit to Alexandra Land in far-north Russia. (Reuters)

Avi Selk is an American-Canadian nomad. He reported for the Dallas Morning News from 2009 until December 2016, when he joined the general assignment desk.

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