Because Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t shot any tigers or judo-flipped people lately, the Kremlin had to release a new installment of Vlad doing manly-man things.
There’s no shirtless fishing and horseback riding in Siberia, just a Sunday in Sochi with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev pumping iron and grilling big hearty steaks, which they then enjoy with gentle cups of tea. Mashable fittingly dubbed the day “Putin’s perfect man date with Medvedev.”
Putin, 62, might be dating Natalia “Sledgehammer” Ragozina, a 39-year-old blonde retired boxer who has posed for Penthouse.
The Kremlin said he followed his iron-pumping day with a meeting today with Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova “to discuss the healthcare situation, including development prospects, current issues and possible solutions.”
“I’ve obtained additional footage of my friends Vlad & Dmitry pumping iron!” tweeted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), linking to old Saturday Night Live footage of Hans and Franz.
And another contribution from country singer and gay-rights activist Chely Wright:
Wait, did Vladimir Putin come out? Congrats! “Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev pump iron at summer residence” pic.twitter.com/hOxYdOAKcR
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) August 31, 2015