Pictured in the cockpit of a Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber jet at a military airport on August 16, 2005, before his supersonic flight.
The Russian prime minister aims at a whale with an arbalest (crossbow) to take a piece of its skin for analysis on Olga Bay.Taken in 2007, this image shows Putin, then Russia's president, carrying a hunting rifle in the Republic of Tuva.
Taking part in a training session for young ice hockey players before the "Golden Puck" youth tournament final in Moscow in April last year.
A wetsuit-clad Putin embarks on a dive to an underwater archaeological site at Phanagoria on the Taman Peninsula last year.
Assisted by a Russian scientist, Putin fixes a satellite transmitter to a tiger during his visit to the Ussuriysky forest reserve of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the Far East on August 31, 2008.
A shirtless Putin fishing in the headwaters of the Yenisei River in the Republic of Tuva in August 2007.
Famed for his love of martial arts, Putin throws a competitor in a judo session at an athletics school while on a trip to St Petersburg in December 2009.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pictured during his vacation in Siberia in 2009. For years, Russia's leader has cultivated a populist image in the Russian media.