The new Vladmir Putin propaganda set is now available on Russian state media, where you can follow the autocratic president on his adventures to a Siberian lake with fun accessories, friendly ministers and brand-new outfits.
Sporting camouflaged diving gear and matching ensembles for all kinds of weather, Putin took a two-day holiday in the remote Tuva region last week.
“He always has his eye on new places to visit,” the president’s spokesman told state-run media, which previously brought you Hang-Gliding Putin, Judo Master Putin and Putin’s tiger cub, Mashenka.
Here’s Tuva Putin with his optional sun-hat removed, looking at mushrooms with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Will Putin and Shoigu cook the mushrooms? Perhaps they are poisonous, and Putin is going to destroy them. Russian state media did not release many details from the trip, but the president is something of a wilderness expert, as fans of the classic Horseback Putin set should know.
Here he is with sun hat and sunglasses on, pointing at something that looks important.
His outfit is completely customizable, as you can see:
“The climate there is harsh, strongly continental,” Putin’s spokesman told the state-run news agency, TASS. Temperatures swing from hot in the day to near-freezing in the evenings.
But Tuva Putin has accessories for all eventualities. Here he is appearing to drive a motor boat with a twig in his pocket.
He can also paddle. We’re not sure of the twig’s significance.
Putin stopped in Tuva on his way to another lake — a freshwater reservoir where he was scheduled to speak about environmental protection and release 50,000 fish. (Putin fans will remember that the president released full-grown tigers and a polar bear in previous government-staged photo shoots.)
But Putin giveth to nature, and he taketh away:
That fish isn’t nearly as big as the 46-pounder Putin caught when he visited Tuva in 2013, one reporter pointed out.
But not to worry; last week’s trip “was even more exciting than before,” the president’s spokesman assured.
That’s Putin with his speargun, getting ready to brave the frigid lake, where he “spent two hours in a diving suit underwater chasing an evasive pike,” according to state media.
Also according to state media, Putin once dove into the Black Sea and emerged with two ancient Greek urns — although state media later admitted the discovery had been staged.
But never mind that. At the lake in Tuva last week, Putin eventually resurfaced with his catch — well-dressed in victory, as always.
The president’s spokesman promised to release more images from the trip Monday, including video of Quadricycling Putin.
In the mean time, all the president’s previous adventures are still available: