London, August 5 (ANI): Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, 56, showed off his toned torso as he indulged in a few outdoor pursuits in southern Siberia.
The former head of the KGB secret service sported a large cross on a chain as he rode bare-chested through the rugged countryside.
Putin is said to have spent the last few days on vacation taking in a bit of horse-riding, some fishing, and has even been spotted climbing trees.
He also showed off an impressive butterfly stroke during a brisk swim in a nearby lake in the mountains of Siberia's Tyva region.
This is not the first time Mr Putin has appeared topless in the press, for he earlier stripped off for the cameras two years ago while trekking across the Siberian mountains.
Asked by Russian journalists whether he planned to visit the International Space Station for his next challenge, the adventure-loving Putin played down the idea, though not quite denied it
According to the Daily Express, he reportedly said: "There is a lot of work to do on Earth." (ANI)