Vladimir Putin’s Summer Vacation: A Siberia Scrapbook

While snorkeling is probably not high on the list of most tourists who plan a visit to , Mr. Putin demonstrated that the country’s lakes, whose waters can be quite chilly even during the summer, do provide that option for the adventurous.


A fishing pole was an essential part of the luggage he took to a lake in the Tyva Republic in southern , where he stayed from Tuesday to Thursday.


He took a fishing and mushroom-hunting trip to Siberia, where the Kremlin allowed photos to be taken of the president while in action mode (and at rest). Shirts were optional attire during much of his visit.


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