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Kremlin releases pictures of President Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev working out at the gym

The pictures are apparently aimed at making the President look rugged and masculine in the face of falling popularity

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Published 30/08/2015 | 18:37

Russian President Vladimir Putin exercises in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin exercises in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) walks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have breakfast at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev toast with tea cups during breakfast at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) has breakfast with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin has breakfast with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

The Kremlin has released pictures of Vladimir Putin and his Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev pumping iron together, in a bizarre attempt at bulking up their popularity by boosting their image as masculine and rugged.

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The pictures show the pair in sweatpants and T-shirts operating various pieces of gym machinery before enjoying grilled meat and tea together.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev toast with tea cups during breakfast at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS IMAGE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS, AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev toast with tea cups during breakfast at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS IMAGE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS, AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have breakfast at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) watch a cook roast meat for them during breakfast at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev roast meat during breakfast at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev exercise in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool

The publicity shots, which are reminiscent of when Putin has himself pictured shirtless on a horse, flying a supersonic jet and hunting a tiger, have appeared at a time when the President’s public approval has been dipping.

Medvedev watches Putin work out Medvedev shows his strength Putin and Medvedev grill meat after their workout Putin and Medvedev have tea after their workout A sluggish economy, a decline in oil prices and the subsequent dive in the rouble’s value has dented Putin’s popularity, as has the Western sanctions put in place following Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev exercise in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev exercise in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev exercise in a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) roasts meat during breakfast at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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