Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spend a joint weekend in Siberian taiga. The plans of the head of state to take a weekend break away from Moscow were known in advance when Putin invited his American counterpart Joe Biden to hold talks. The only condition was that the conversation did not take place on Saturday or Sunday. “At the weekend I want to go to the taiga and have a little rest there,” the Russian leader said on March 18.
The informality of Putin and Shoigu’s trip is also emphasized by the fact that the Minister of Defense showed the president his workshop, where he creates handicrafts from branches.
Explaining his love for recreation in Russia, President Putin said: “the country is so vast and so beautiful and rich.” At the same time, Dmitry Peskov emphasized that in this way the president popularizes places in Russia that most citizens may not know about.
Siberian places are becoming a fairly frequent destination for Putin: in Tuva and Khakassia he fished, in the Irkutsk region he hunted. At the same time, the Kremlin emphasizes that the head of state “remains true to his preferences in his love for Russia, for Russian geography.”