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'Marlboro man' Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin has dusted off his action man image to pose for a series of new photographs that portray him as a modern-day Marlboro man.

 
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Russia's Prime Minister Putin takes part in an expedition to Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Preserve to inspect the snow leopard's habitat in Tyva Republic in the Siberian Federal District: 'Marlboro man' Vladimir Putin
Mr Putin, 58, is famed for his love of vigorous outdoor pursuits and his macho displays of vitality have long since made him a cult figure for his supporters Photo: REUTERS
The photographs show the Russian prime minister riding a horse across a rugged landscape dressed in a camouflage jacket and trousers while shouldering a rifle and donning dark sunglasses.
Mr Putin, 58, is famed for his love of vigorous outdoor pursuits and his macho displays of vitality have long since made him a cult figure for his supporters.
With speculation growing that he may run for president again in 2012, analysts say such photo opportunities keep him firmly in the public eye and remind people that he remains a serious contender for the country's highest political office.
The photographs show him posing with a large fish he has apparently just caught in a nearby river, nuzzling a horse in the style of a horse whisperer, and shouldering a hunting rifle with telescopic sights as he strides through a rock-strewn landscape.
But crucially he is not shown actually shooting anything. He has been careful to cultivate an image as a keen animal conservationist who does his best to protect Russia's endangered species. The rifle therefore appears to be more of a fashion accessory rather than something he either needed or used.

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