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Putin keeps his shirt on during walking holiday in Siberia

Vladimir Putin posed on his break in the Siberian Tyva region. Photo: AP/Press Association Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin typically seeks out exciting, rugged, and sometimes shirtless activities for his summer holidays.

This year, he was more laid-back as he enjoyed hiking in the Yyva region.

Vladimir Putin kept his shirt on as he gathered mushrooms. Credit: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Russia’s 65-year-old leader returned to one of his favourite holiday spots: the far-flung wilderness of Siberia’s remote Tyva region.

Photos released by the Kremlin are a yearly tradition as Mr Putin shares his adventures from diving in mini-submarines to flying in hand gliders.

Mr Putin famously spent his holiday bare-chested on a horse in 2009. Credit: REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool

The 65-year-old leader famously galloped bare-chested on a horse across a mountain creek in 2009.

But this year he chose to spend his weekend taking in the views with defence minister Sergei Shoigu and Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s main intelligence agency, the FSB.

He also made a flying visit to Austria earlier this month to celebrate the wedding of Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl.

The Russian president swam in a lake in Serbia's Tuva region in 2009.

Dubbed an 'action man' by some, Mr Putin allegedly discovered an ancient container called an amphora while diving in the Black Sea one summer.

This year was quieter for Mr Putin as he was pictured walking, examining plants with Mr Shoigu and riding in a boat on the Yenisey River.

Mr Putin was joined by Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu. Credit: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP