From the beginning, after coming to power in Russia almost two decades ago Vladimir Putin, who is now 64 years old, cultivated the image of a strong leader. Putin has regularly allowed yourself to be photographed in situations where it presents a sort of cool guy, or riding bare-chested, or flying in an airplane and trying to put out a big forest fire, or fighting on tatami and defeats the opponent.
Now Putin again took off his shirt for fishing and hunting in the Republic of Tuva in East Siberia.
“The water in the lake is not heated above 17 degrees, but this has not prevented the President to swim”, — said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, reports news Agency TASS.
Hunted two hours
Photographs taken during Putin’s vacation, his shirtless fishing and resting in the sun. The first three days of August the President held in the Siberian forests, fishing, sunbathing and Biking. With him on the trip was the defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Sands at the weekend.
Putin is still under water and swam with a snorkel when hunting for pike with harpoon.
“Two hours chasing one pike. Could not touch it to shoot it, but in the end still have achieved,” said, allegedly, Putin, informs the Internet-edition Gazeta.
Russian observers claim that this PR stunt was done now, because in March of next year — presidential elections. It is expected that Putin will run and will be re-elected President with an overwhelming majority of votes.
To stand as a candidate?
During a trip to Siberia the first time Putin has signaled that it will again stand as a candidate in the election. In one village in the Republic of Buryatia (on camera) lined up a group with a war veteran in the foreground.
“Vladimir Putin, we have to ask You. We all ask You to stand as a candidate at the next presidential election, will be very glad if You’ll do it,” said a war veteran, dressed in military uniform, on the breast he had many medals. This story showed the TV channel “Russia 1”.
“Well, I’ll think about it”, — said Putin.
He is in no hurry to nominate a candidate
Election experts argue that the President deliberately did not hurry to make a statement that will participate in the elections.
“He wants to try to make the nomination his candidacy seemed spontaneously to the impression that he will participate in elections not because he primarily wants it, but because it requires people,” said political analyst Gleb Pavlovsky in a discussion on radio station “Echo of Moscow”.
According to the poll conducted by the official sociological research centre VTSIOM, published on Thursday, 83.5% of respondents said that, in their opinion, Putin is coping with the duties of the President, reports TASS.
A strong leader
Russian at all times believed that they needed a strong leader who will solve their problems, and, according to experts, Putin is betting on it.
Writer Nikolai Nekrasov (as in the original article — ed.ed.) in the 19th century, wrote: “Here there will arrive the barin, the barin us will judge.”
Faith in a strong leader is rooted in the creation of the Russian state.
“Our land is great and rich, but there is no order. Come to reign and rule over us!” These words are taken from the so-called Nestorovski chronicle, allegedly written by the monk Nestor in the cave monastery in Kiev in the 12th century.
Chronicle of the Russian version of the Saga is the main source of our knowledge of ancient history. The call to come and rule was supposedly made when the people, who later became Russian, invited the Viking chief Rurik in 862.
The Russians were at odds with each other, and they agreed that for peace and order they need a strong leader. Rurik settled near Novgorod, became a Prince, and his descendants founded the first Russian state Kievan Rus is the place which is now the capital of Ukraine Kiev.