Kremlin shows Putin’s vacation photos

State television also showed more than ten minutes of videos made available by the Kremlin press office on Sunday, which were recorded during the trip in early September in southern Siberia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, a close friend of Putin, was there for the first time.

The video shows the director of a nature reserve explaining to the Kremlin chief that there are currently around 600 bears living in his area. That is “neat,” says Putin appreciatively. The 68-year-old is also impressed by a pack of red deer that he and Schoigu had observed in the taiga: “I have never seen anything like it.” If the deer were to compete in the Olympic Games, Putin jokes, no one would be able to take them on. You can see him later making himself comfortable in a tent for the night.

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