Vladmir Putin Photo Op: Russian President Dresses As Siberian Crane

Vladimir Putin Dresses As Mummy Bird For Photo Op

Russian President Vladimir Putin is no stranger to the machismo photo opportunity.

However his latest foray into the skies may signal a fluffier, softer image for Putin.

Dressed in a white paper suit, the Russian leader imitated an adult crane, climbing aboard a motorised hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight.

Putin dressed up at the adult bird then climbed aboard a hang glider

However Putin fell fowl of his original goal, as the young birds were loathe to follow.

RIA-Novosti news agency reported that only one crane followed Putin on his first flight.

On the second flight, five birds followed Putin, but after a few circles only two could be bothered to stay with him for the full 15-minute flight.

Topless fly-fishing, fire fighting and horse riding, Putin is known for making the most of a testosterone-stacked PR stunt. The Judo black belt is unafraid to strip off for the cameras and is even game for a bit of impromptu dentistry.

Vladimir Putin’s spectacular "discovery" of two sixth century Greek urns whilst he was scuba diving in shallow water earlier this summer was a publicity stunt, the Russian prime minister's chief spokesman has admitted, in a rare show of honesty for the spin doctor.

Take a look at some of Putin's pictures below. (Warning: this slideshow contains political nudity)


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