Bare-chested Putin goes fishing

Vladimir Putin is at it again.

During a mini-break in Siberia, the Russian president posed for photographers stripped to the waist and wielding a giant fishing rod.

Vladimir Putin on a fishing trip in Siberia. Image: AP Photo, RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press ServiceVladimir Putin on a fishing trip in Siberia. Image: AP Photo, RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service

Putin has a reputation for being pictured in flattering situations, intended to portray him as a man of strength and daring.

Earlier this month he dived under the waters of the Gulf of Finland in a mini submersible that would not have looked out of place in a James Bond film.

His latest escapade - a few days of fishing in the countryside - may be of a more traditional bent, but has still provided him with an opportunity for more eye-catching images.

As well as parading around half-naked, Putin was snapped holding an enormous pike that he reportedly caught himself.

The president said it was the first time he had landed a whopper of such a huge size.