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Putin, Medvedev, Berlusconi Go Skiing In Russia's Krasnaya Polyana

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First Posted: 03/ 9/2012 9:55 am Updated: 03/ 9/2012 11:37 am

What better way to shake off elections stress than taking a little skiing trip.

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev hit the slopes on Thursday in a Russian resort near the Black Sea, Euronews reports.

Russia's leading duo was joined by former Italian Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi for what state television described as 'a lavish dinner.' The trio enjoyed the mountain scenery, had some excellent drinks and Putin even managed to shoot some guns.

According to the Associated Press, Berlusconi skipped his first planned television appearance to travel to Russia.

On Sunday, Vladimir Putin secured a third term as Russia's president with more than 60% of votes.

Enjoy the photos! Post card quality.

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This picture taken on late March 7, 2012, shows Russia's outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and newly elected Vladimir Putin (C) meet with former Italian Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi at the Rosa Khutor apline ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, some 50kms from Sochi on March 8, 2012. Italy's ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi flew into Russia for a lavish dinner with Vladimir Putin after his old ally's victory in presidential elections, state television said. (Getty)

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