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Putin's Winter Holiday PHOTOS: Skiing, Having Fun With Medvedev

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:05 PM ET

Putin's vacation photos are becoming an unavoidable part of life. Every few months they appear, reminding you of the Russian leader's amazing manliness, while also making you feel your own vacations are pathetic trips that never manage to project how powerful you are on the world stage. Will the image of Putin shirtless on a horse while on vacation last summer in Siberia ever fade from memory? Probably not.

This time around, Putin is skiing in the Russian resort of Krasnaya Polyana, where the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will be held. Putin has used these vacations in the past to help present a strong image, with previous trips presenting him as unafraid to swim in rivers and dine with random locals. Given the weather, Putin is regrettably not topless this time around, but instead riding around a snowmobile with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Check out the photos from their trip and vote for your favorites.

 
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