Putin to Start ‘Conservation’ Activities Again

Putin to Start ‘Conservation’ Activities Again

Published: January 30, 2013 (Issue # 1744)

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin will soon recommence his “active hobbies” despite several months of speculation about his health, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Izvestia on Monday.

“Vladimir Putin will continue his active hobbies. Maybe he will go scuba diving in the summer. He continues the fight to preserve endangered species,” Peskov said.

According to sources cited by the paper, plans for the coming year include ice hockey and a visit to Antarctica.

Putin accepted an invitation from Chilean President Sebastian Pinera to visit a Russian-Chilean Antarctic research station in September last year.

Although it had earlier been assumed Putin would make the visit at the height of the Antarctic summer in January, Peskov said the date had not yet been set.

“But he will continue to pursue his activities in conservation as he has in the past,” he told the paper.

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