Vladimir Putin Is Manly Sportsman Of Sport

Every few months, ubermensch Vladimir Putin is strategically caught on camera engaged in the type of muscular activity that would induce brain clotting in lesser humans. Putin wrassles a bear. Putin hurls a weakling to the earth with an uchi mata. Putin shoots a whale with a crossbow (no, seriously). Now The Atlantic's photo blog "In Focus" has compiled the best of the macho Putin imagery. The shot above has the following caption:

A video grab shows Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin looking through the porthole of the "Mir-2" mini-submersible in Lake Baikal, on August 1, 2009. Putin dove into the depths of the lake aboard the mini-submersible on Saturday, descending 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) below the surface of the world's deepest lake to inspect valuable gas crystals. (Reuters/RIA Novosti/Kremlin)

Valuable gas crystals!

Here's Putin conferring with a man called Khirurg (the Surgeon), who is the leader of the Nochniye Volki (the Night Wolves) biker "group." You know, just because:

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Vladimir Putin, Action Man [The Atlantic]