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09:13 GMT +3 hours25 December 2014

Premier Vladimir Putin’s 10 Premieres

© RIA Novosti. Alexey Nikolsky
During his premiership, Putin, a fan of healthy lifestyles, learned how to play ice-hockey, a popular – and manly – sport in Russia.

Vladimir Putin showed a knack for appearing in public in the most varied roles, thus creating excellent coverage opportunities, during his first two presidential terms.