Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Putin and his pooches frolic in the snow

Alexsey Druginyn / Kremlin Pool - RIA Novosti via EPA

By David R Arnott, NBC News

The Kremlin today released a series of photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin as he gambols in the snow with his dogs in March. Yume, left, and Buffy go for a walk with him at his countryside residence outside Moscow. Today, Putin returned to Russia after a foreign tour marred by protests over his human rights record.

Buffy, a Karakachan?Bulgarian shepherd,?was presented to Putin by his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov in 2010. A 5-year-old boy was reported to have won a competition to find a name for the dog.

Yume, an Akita Inu, was gifted to Putin by Japan's Akita Prefecture as thanks for Russia's help during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Yume, whose name means "Dream" in Japanese, will be one year old on April 24, according to Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.

Putin's love of dogs is well-documented, and it is even said that he has?used his Labrador, Koni, to intimidate German Chancellor Angela Merkel during negotiations.

Editor's note:? This post has been corrected to reflect that these photos were taken on March 24, and not as previously stated on April 10. They were released by the Kremlin today.

Alexsey Druginyn / Kremlin Pool - RIA Novosti via EPA

Vladimir Putin walks with Buffy at his countryside residence, Novo-Ogariovo, on March 24, 2013.

Alexsey Druginyn / Kremlin Pool - RIA Novosti via Reuters


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