RUSSIALINK: “[Putin] Trip to Tyva, August 1-3” – Kremlin.ru

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(Kremlin.ru – August 7, 2017)

[5 minute video here http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/55308]

On August 1-3, Vladimir Putin made a two-day stop in Tyva, southern Siberia, on his way to Blagoveshchensk. The President went to hard-to-access taiga, fished in a mountain lake cascade, went spearfishing, sunbathed, went down mountain rivers, rapids and anabranches on powerboats and rafts, went on mountain hikes on foot and quads.

The President was accompanied by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Head of the Republic of Khakassia Viktor Zimin and Head of the Republic of Tyva Sholban Kara-ool. Mr Putin visited the area a number of times, but each time he tries to see something new.

The area has a harsh continental climate: the air quickly gets hot, one can sunbathe, yet the temperature drops sharply by the evening to five degrees Celsius. The water temperature in the lake does not get above 17 degrees, yet this did not prevent the President from swimming.

Vladimir Putin went underwater fishing during his holiday in a diving suit with a GoPro camera on the snorkel. These photos alongside with other photo and video materials, including footage from a quadcopter are available at www.kremlin.ru.

In view of a great interest in Vladimir Putin’s stay in Tyva, the photo and video materials are published in full.