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On top of the world in Siberia, Vladimir Putin relaxes ahead of his 67th birthday

By The Siberian Times reporter
07 October 2019

The Russian president chooses an elevated spot overlooking the Yenisei River to unwind ahead of his special day on Monday.

On top of the world in Siberia. Picture here and below: Kremlin.ru

Thee exact location was not given but his birthday hike was believed to have been in the Republic of Tuva, a favourite of Vladimir Putin over the years. 

‘Super,’ he said, admiring the panorama.

‘We are a bit higher than the clouds.’

The view


The view


The view

Tuva is one of Siberia’s most scenic regions, famous for its unspoilt mountains, pristine rivers and clear lakes. 

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian leader was marking his birthday ‘outdoors, with his nearest and dearest’.

He was with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, 64, a native of Tuva, but it is not clear who else he marked his 67th birthday with. 

Pictures showed the Russian president wearing Army of Russia clothing, a brand owned by the Defence Ministry. 

Putin and Shoigu


Putin and Shoigu


Putin and Shoigu


Putin and Shoigu


Putin in taiga


Putin in taiga


Putin in taiga


Putin in taiga


Putin in taiga


Putin in taiga


Putin in taiga


Putin in taiga


Putin in taiga

He was with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, 64, a native of Tuva, but it is not clear who else he marked his 67th birthday with. 

They gathered mushrooms, according to reports. 

Tuva is one of Siberia’s most scenic regions, famous for its unspoilt mountains, pristine rivers and clear lakes. 

Perhaps because of Putin's regular visits, the region in southern Siberia, bordering Mongolia, is becoming more popular with both Russian and foreign visitors despite a lack of infrastructure for mass tourism.

Comments (6)

Beautiful country. Good luck Mr Putin !
Andrew, Poland
14/10/2019 02:40
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Such an insight...world leaders appear to be so detached, so coldly robotic but this is so refreshing...simply a man going back to nature in such a special place, such a reminder that even if the world relies on your strength and logic only nature can keep you humble..."gathered mushrooms"...so quaintly refreshing!
La Loba, Glenarm
13/10/2019 04:49
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Happy Birthday, Mr Putin!
BC, Vancouver/Canada
10/10/2019 09:42
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Is VV -cultivating- Russia's next President? Would be a good choice anyway!
MORAK Benedikjt, Moscow
09/10/2019 08:30
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Must be nice to get away from politics even for a short while.
James, Alaska
09/10/2019 04:06
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What a lovely way to celebrate your birthday! Congratulations! Many happy returns of the day! I love your beautiful Russia. My children and friends gave me a round trip flight to to see Siberia for my 80th birthday celebration. i was so happy to take the Trans Siberian Rail Road from Moscow to Vladivostok for 17 days in December. Memories to last a lifetime☮️❤️
Patricia A. Gothard, Laguna Woods SA USA
08/10/2019 20:50
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