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Putin hits the road as he plots way back to power

Shaun Walker in Moscow

Published 31/08/2010 | 05:00

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin refuels a Russian-made Lada Kalina car as he stops at a petrol station in the Khabarovsk region of Russia's far east
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin refuels a Russian-made Lada Kalina car as he stops at a petrol station in the Khabarovsk region of Russia's far east

VLADIMIR Putin emerged from a yellow Lada sports car in the Siberian city of Chita yesterday, after driving more than 1,200 miles to complete a road trip across Russia's Far Eastern regions.

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Fitting in to what appears to be a growing PR campaign to boost his image ahead of a potential return to the Kremlin in 2012, the powerful Russian Prime Minister set off on the journey late last week, sporting a pair of dark glasses and a cream polo shirt.

Mr Putin had a small fridge of drinks in the boot and a Beatles CD to keep him company -- as well as an entourage of dozens of journalists, broadcasting the trip. In one interview, given while at the wheel of the Lada, Mr Putin admitted he was indeed contemplating a return to the Russian presidency in 2012.

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