Russian President Vladimir Putin is revered by his citizens, he is viewed as a strong and sly leader. He comes across as a karate black belt ex-super spy who will lead the Motherland to greatness and prosperity. It is debatable if this is truly the case. He does appear to be pretty tough.
Lots of images of him swimming and riding horses shirtless. An outdoors-man with no fear. Very athletic and fit. Mr. Putin riding a Siberian brown bear is one of the most popular concocted images.
Vlad is imagined riding many other beasts.
The fake image below may be closer to reality.
Back to reality. President Putin was photographed playing hockey yesterday in Sochi. He did not look like a superman at all.
Not the greatest skater.