Russian Prime Minister Showing his Martial arts Skills

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is a man of action, who is often displaying his skills, either at the wheel of a massive racing truck, shirtless on a fishing excursion, or tracking a tiger through the Siberian forest.

This weekend, he visited the judo school in St Petersburg where he practiced judo when he was young. (AFP Photo)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is seen during a judo training at a sports school in St. Petersburg. Putin has a black belt in the martial arts and has released a DVD of his judo teachings. (AP Photo)

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During Friday’s visit, Putin couldn’t resist showing off his skills, taking on some of the school’s judokas, including some of the Russian national team. (AP Photo)

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The Russian Prime Minister was seen clad in the traditional white judo outfit and wearing his black belt, exercising with the students and helping them practice various holds. (AFP Photo)

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In a country where people are often renowned for habits such as heavy drinking and smoking, Putin cuts an alternative clean living image that’s proved popular with voters. (AFP Photo)

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After the judo session, the Russian Prime Minister also took time to pose for photos with some of the judokas and to hand out autographs. (AP Photo)

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