Putin catches 21-kg pike on day off

AFP-JIJI

President Vladimir Putin landed a pike weighing 21 kg on a recent weekend trip to Siberia, the Kremlin said Friday.

The Kremlin said Putin was joined on the trip by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in a clear bid to prove Russia’s top two remain unified despite reports of growing strains.

State television showed Putin laughing in astonishment as he pulled the massive pike out of the water, with the fish then having the dubious honor of being kissed on its gills by the Kremlin chief.

Several pictures published by the Kremlin also showed Putin fishing in his now traditional summer pose of naked torso and dark sunglasses. The television pictures did not show Medvedev doing any fishing but instead standing on the bow of a motorboat taking pictures with a telephoto lens.