10/04/2013 10:48 BST | Updated 10/04/2013 10:56 BST

Vladimir Putin Frolics In the Snow With His Dogs (PICTURES)

When you've already brandished rifles, posed with a tiger cub and ridden a horse bare-chested, it must be hard to know where to turn for your next photocall.

For Vladimir Putin, the answer was to roll in the snow with his dogs.

Putin is clearly at ease with the animals

The Russian President frolicked alongside Yume, an Akito-Inu, and Buffy, a Bulgarian Shepherd, in an undisclosd

location in Moscow.

The Kremlin will be hoping the touching scene replaces images of Putin being accosted by topless activists protesting against his human rights record.

See the full gallery below, plus a collection of our hero's previous classic shoots.