14 AUGUST 2007

Taking a break from the pressures of running a country, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Albert of Monaco this week abandoned the formal suits and restricting ties of high office in favour of some camouflage chic to go fishing in Siberia.

The wilderness adventure is one of a variety of adventurous pursuits laid on for the Monegasque royal while he holidays with the Russian Premier. The trip, which has also included some white-water rafting, is seen as a thank-you for the 49-year-old royal's support of Russia's bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Mr Putin - who is renowned for his enthusiasm of keeping fit and holds a black belt in judo - certainly looked the part as he stripped down to the waist, showcasing a remarkably trim physique for a man of 54.

After landing a fish, Albert joined the former KGB officer for what is the requisite for any outward bounds getaway - a dinner under the stars by the roaring glow of an open camp fire.

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The Russian premier showed off his trim physique during a fishing trip with the Monegasque royal in SiberiaPhoto: © AFPClick on photos for gallery
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After a day on the river, the pair got the chance to tell the tale of the one that got away as they enjoyed dinner under the stars by an open campfirePhoto: © AFP
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