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Putin the animal lover

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feeds a young elk at the national park 'Losiny Ostrov' (Elk Island) in northeast Moscow, June 5, 2010.  REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feeds a young elk at the national park 'Losiny Ostrov' (Elk Island) in northeast Moscow, June 5, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feeds a young elk at the national park 'Losiny Ostrov' (Elk Island) in northeast Moscow, June 5, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin
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Vladimir Putin lies on the snow during a walk with an Bulgarian shepherd and an Akita Inu in Moscow Region, March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool

Vladimir Putin lies on the snow during a walk with an Bulgarian shepherd and an Akita Inu in Moscow Region, March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool

Vladimir Putin lies on the snow during a walk with an Bulgarian shepherd and an Akita Inu in Moscow Region, March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool
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Vladimir Putin rides a horse in southern Siberia's Tuva region August 3, 2009.  REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Vladimir Putin rides a horse in southern Siberia's Tuva region August 3, 2009. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Vladimir Putin rides a horse in southern Siberia's Tuva region August 3, 2009. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin
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Vladimir Putin holds a cat while inspecting reconstruction of houses for people who suffered from wildfires in the village of Krasnopolye at the Siberian Khakasiya region, Russia, September 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Vladimir Putin holds a cat while inspecting reconstruction of houses for people who suffered from wildfires in the village of Krasnopolye at the Siberian Khakasiya region, Russia, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Vladimir Putin holds a cat while inspecting reconstruction of houses for people who suffered from wildfires in the village of Krasnopolye at the Siberian Khakasiya region, Russia, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research during his visit to Alexandra Land on Franz Josef Land in the far north of Russia in the Barents Sea April 29, 2010.  REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research during his visit to Alexandra Land on Franz Josef Land in the far north of Russia in the Barents Sea April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky

Vladimir Putin assists in polar bear research during his visit to Alexandra Land on Franz Josef Land in the far north of Russia in the Barents Sea April 29, 2010. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky
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Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a crane as he sits in a motorized deltaplane while leading them on a migration route at Yamalo-Nenets district September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a crane as he sits in a motorized deltaplane while leading them on a migration route at Yamalo-Nenets district September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a crane as he sits in a motorized deltaplane while leading them on a migration route at Yamalo-Nenets district September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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Vladimir Putin holds a Persian leopard during his visit to the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre in the Sochi national park near Sochi February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Vladimir Putin holds a Persian leopard during his visit to the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre in the Sochi national park near Sochi February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Vladimir Putin holds a Persian leopard during his visit to the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre in the Sochi national park near Sochi February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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Vladimir Putin hugs a Bulgarian shepherd dog, after receiving it as a present from Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov (not seen) in Sofia, Bulgaria November 13, 2010. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

Vladimir Putin hugs a Bulgarian shepherd dog, after receiving it as a present from Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov (not seen) in Sofia, Bulgaria November 13, 2010. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

Vladimir Putin hugs a Bulgarian shepherd dog, after receiving it as a present from Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov (not seen) in Sofia, Bulgaria November 13, 2010. REUTERS/Oleg Popov
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Vladimir Putin shakes hands with a walrus during his visit to the Primorsky Aquarium, on the Russky Island in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Vladimir Putin shakes hands with a walrus during his visit to the Primorsky Aquarium, on the Russky Island in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Vladimir Putin shakes hands with a walrus during his visit to the Primorsky Aquarium, on the Russky Island in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, September 1, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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Vladimir Putin (2nd R), Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov (2nd L), the head of a Russian research institute for space instrument making Yuri Urlich (L), and the head constructor of a new Russian satellite global positioning system, Evgenny Belyanko, stand around Putin's dog Koni that wears a GPS device on its collar in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow October 17, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool

Vladimir Putin (2nd R), Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov (2nd L), the head of a Russian research institute for space instrument making Yuri Urlich (L), and the head constructor of a new Russian satellite global positioning system, Evgenny...more

Vladimir Putin (2nd R), Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov (2nd L), the head of a Russian research institute for space instrument making Yuri Urlich (L), and the head constructor of a new Russian satellite global positioning system, Evgenny Belyanko, stand around Putin's dog Koni that wears a GPS device on its collar in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow October 17, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool
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Vladimir Putin touches an octopus as he visits an oceanarium on the Russky Island in Vladivostok, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ria NovostiMikhail Klimentyev/Pool

Vladimir Putin touches an octopus as he visits an oceanarium on the Russky Island in Vladivostok, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ria NovostiMikhail Klimentyev/Pool

Vladimir Putin touches an octopus as he visits an oceanarium on the Russky Island in Vladivostok, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ria NovostiMikhail Klimentyev/Pool
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Vladimir Putin stands next to a horse during his working visit to the Siberian Khakasiya region, near Karatash settlement outside the city of Abakan February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Vladimir Putin stands next to a horse during his working visit to the Siberian Khakasiya region, near Karatash settlement outside the city of Abakan February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Vladimir Putin stands next to a horse during his working visit to the Siberian Khakasiya region, near Karatash settlement outside the city of Abakan February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin
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Vladimir Putin feeds a beluga whale named Dasha as he visits Chkalov island, July 31, 2009. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Alexei Nikolsky

Vladimir Putin feeds a beluga whale named Dasha as he visits Chkalov island, July 31, 2009. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Alexei Nikolsky

Vladimir Putin feeds a beluga whale named Dasha as he visits Chkalov island, July 31, 2009. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Alexei Nikolsky
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Vladimir Putin shows a tiger cub to journalists at his Novo Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow October 9, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool

Vladimir Putin shows a tiger cub to journalists at his Novo Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow October 9, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool

Vladimir Putin shows a tiger cub to journalists at his Novo Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow October 9, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool
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Vladimir Putin visits the Moskvarium center of oceanography and marine biology at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH) in Moscow, Russia, August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Vladimir Putin visits the Moskvarium center of oceanography and marine biology at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH) in Moscow, Russia, August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Vladimir Putin visits the Moskvarium center of oceanography and marine biology at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH) in Moscow, Russia, August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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Vladimir Putin holds a five-year-old tiger's head as scientists put on a collar with a satellite tracker on the animal in the academy of sciences Ussuri reserve in Russia's Far East August 31, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin

Vladimir Putin holds a five-year-old tiger's head as scientists put on a collar with a satellite tracker on the animal in the academy of sciences Ussuri reserve in Russia's Far East August 31, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin

Vladimir Putin holds a five-year-old tiger's head as scientists put on a collar with a satellite tracker on the animal in the academy of sciences Ussuri reserve in Russia's Far East August 31, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin
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Vladimir Putin visits an agricultural exhibition at Russia's Exhibition Centre in Moscow October 11, 2008.  REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool

Vladimir Putin visits an agricultural exhibition at Russia's Exhibition Centre in Moscow October 11, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool

Vladimir Putin visits an agricultural exhibition at Russia's Exhibition Centre in Moscow October 11, 2008. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool
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Vladimir Putin stands near reindeer in the Siberian Federal District July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Pool

Vladimir Putin stands near reindeer in the Siberian Federal District July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Pool

Vladimir Putin stands near reindeer in the Siberian Federal District July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Pool
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Vladimir Putin looks at a female leopard as he visits the National Park in Sochi May 2, 2010. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool

Vladimir Putin looks at a female leopard as he visits the National Park in Sochi May 2, 2010. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool

Vladimir Putin looks at a female leopard as he visits the National Park in Sochi May 2, 2010. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin/Pool
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Vladimir Putin takes part in an expedition to Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Preserve to inspect the snow leopard's habitat in Tyva Republic in the Siberian Federal District October 29, 2010.  REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Vladimir Putin takes part in an expedition to Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Preserve to inspect the snow leopard's habitat in Tyva Republic in the Siberian Federal District October 29, 2010. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Vladimir Putin takes part in an expedition to Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Preserve to inspect the snow leopard's habitat in Tyva Republic in the Siberian Federal District October 29, 2010. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin
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