Putin hits the road as he plots way back to power
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.
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.