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Watch: Russia's Putin enjoys the great outdoors as he hikes in Siberia with top officials

Watch: Russia's Putin enjoys the great outdoors as he hikes in Siberia with top officials
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By Claire Heffron with Reuters
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gets back to nature in the Siberian hills on his summer holiday

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The Kremlin released several official photographs and a video showing Russian President Vladimir Putin taking a hiking holiday in Siberia with his defence minister and the head of the Federal Security Service.

The photographs show the 65-year-old Putin in a khaki outfit and hat, carrying binoculars and trekking poles, hiking in forested mountains and enjoying a boat ride on the Yenisei river.

Putin wandered through the mountains, forests and protected areas in the Tuva region of southern Siberia while collecting berries and wild mushrooms.

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Putin is spotted collecting a wild mushroom in Siberia ReutersReuters

Previous outdoor snapshots of Putin on holiday, including images of him fishing and sunbathing shirtless, appear intended to demonstrate his robust physical health and vigor as he wrestles with the affairs of state.

In one image, Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu are studying a coniferous sapling, ready for planting.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu are seen during their vacation in Sayano-Shushensky nature reserve in the Republic of Tyva (Tuva Region), Russia August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. ReutersReuters

In another, Putin and FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov stand in a forest clearing against a backdrop of forested mountains.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with the head of Sayano-Shushensky nature reserve Gennady Kiselyov during his vacation in the Republic of Tyva (Tuva Region), Russia August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018Reuters
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with head of Sayano-Shushensky nature reserve Gennady Kiselyov during his vacation in the Republic of Tyva (Tuva Region), Russia August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018.Reuters

Other pictures show Putin at the summit of a mountain, taking a boat ride, and talking to the head of the Sayano-Shushenski Nature Reserve.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin is seen during his vacation in Sayano-Shushensky nature reserve in the Republic of Tyva (Tuva Region), Russia August 26, 2018Reuters
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin is seen during his vacation in Sayano-Shushensky nature reserve in the Republic of Tyva (Tuva Region), Russia August 26, 2018Reuters
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