06/09/2012 10:49 BST | Updated 06/09/2012 11:59 BST

Vladmir Putin Photo Op: Russian President Dresses As Siberian Crane

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)