Putin celebrates 62nd birthday in Siberian wilderness

Russian President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his 62nd birthday in the wilderness of Siberia as supporters from across Russia create tributes in his honour.

Putin celebrated his birthday Tuesday in the Siberian forest some “300-400 kilometres from the nearest populated area,” his press secretary told Russian news media. Putin has often brandished his tough-guy image with widely publicized wilderness romps during which he hunts, fishes or rides horses — often while shirtless.

In the Chechen capital of Grozny, thousands gathered to carry a 600-metre long Russian flag through the streets. Russian news websites also published photographs from a one-day Moscow exhibition titled “The 12 Feats of Vladimir Putin,” in which the president is depicted as Hercules.

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