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Putin wants you to know he has muscles. Big ones

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Mr Putin's macho image is carefully crafted, an expert claimed. Photo: AAP
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Russian President Vladmir Putin has posed for yet another macho photo shoot, this time in a gym.

Over his 15 year political career, Mr Putin has cultivated a strongman image through the use of choreographed publicity stunts, including riding a horse while bare-chested and exploring shipwrecks at on the sea floor in a submarine.

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This time, the president was photographed in his home gym as he worked out with his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev.

After pumping iron, the pair were pictured enjoying a a breakfast reportedly barbecued by Putin himself.

The New Daily previously reported Mr Putin’s popularity reached an all-time high in recent months as state-run media outlets worked to promote the president following the seizure of Crimea in February 2014.

Protein replenishment was in order following a strenuous workout. Photo: AAP
Protein replenishment was in order following a strenuous workout. Photo: AAP
The pair use the gym at the government residence in Sochi. Photo: AAP
The pair use the gym at the government residence in Sochi. Photo: AAP

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