Russian leader celebrates 67th birthday picking mushrooms
Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated his 67th birthday picking mushrooms on Monday the long-term leader enjoyed some of Russia’s more peaceful wildlife with his defence minister Sergei Shoigu.
Putin, spent a mini-break in mountains above the Yenisei River in Siberia at the weekend foraging for wild mushrooms.
In video footage released by the Kremlin, Putin and Shoigu were shown picking and sniffing mushrooms
The president was walking in an area of natural beauty in southern Siberia.
Sounding breathless, he said: “We have climbed up above the clouds,” at a height of almost 2,000 metres (6,560 feet) above sea level.
Putin took the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle through the forest and the pair also hitched a helicopter ride.
Russians are devotees of the “quiet hunt” for mushrooms, which are now in season.