Putin croons like Sinatra: Top 7 marquee moments

We all know how Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin loves sport, and also loves to show off his abilities as a sportsman. But he's also shown a gentler side, one willing to grace a stage and croon like Frank Sinatra.

By , Staff writer

Whale-tracker

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    Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (center) holds a crossbow as he hunts for whales from a motorboat in Olga Bay in the Sea of Japan, August 25.
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Putin, normally keen to show off his muscles, dressed warm Wednesday when he went whale-tracking off Russia's east coast, in Olga Bay in the Sea of Japan. He joined members of the Kronotsky Biosphere Reserve studying the endangered gray whale.

Photos showed him perched at the stern of a rubber boat and holding a crossbow, which he used to fire a special dart to get a whale's skin sample.

"There was a real feeling of exhilaration," he told reporters afterward. "I missed three times but hit on the fourth attempt."

When questioned about the risks of riding over the rough seas, the former KGB spy reportedly answered: "Living in general is dangerous."

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