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Putin keeps his shirt on in photos of his Siberian summer vacation

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Putin in the mountainsRussian President Vladimir Putin recently took a break from his official duties for a brief vacation in Siberia.Alexei Nikolsky/AP

The Kremlin released new photos on Monday of Russian president Vladimir Putin taking a break from his official duties to go hiking in Siberia with his top security chiefs, Reuters reports.

In the past, the 65-year-old leader often posed shirtless in his official vacation photos, but he’s fully clothed in this year’s images and looks somewhat somber at times.

During an interview with an Australian journalist in June, Putin defended past pictures of him on vacation in which he was bare-chested.

“When I am on vacation I see no need to hide behind the bushes, and there is nothing wrong with that,” Putin said.

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