Putin Pumps Iron to Show Russians His Healthy, Wholesome Side

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Опубликовано: 2015-08-30
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The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitrty Medvedev. The images apparently aim to shore up Putin's rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. Putin's approval ranking has been dented by a sluggish economy and free-falling rouble whose value has halved since last year due to a decline in the oil price and Western sanction over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis. A poll, published on Friday in business daily Vedomosti by the Public Opinion Foundation, showed 72 percent of Russians would have voted for Putin in August, down from 76 percent in May.