Images of the Russian president playing sports lose strength in favor of actions that value foreign policy actions.
No more photos of President Vladimir Putin bare-chested. Now, the Russian leader is portrayed in a suit, showing a raised thumb to US President Donald Trump and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in February.
He takes the Egyptian President, Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, in his limousine in October and then smiles alongside theCrown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, in November. Putin's calendar, approved by the Kremlin, is a popular consumer article, and in the 2020 version the president shows a look of international statesman, which differs from the previous years.
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