Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum

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At the Seliger-2011 youth forum, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin scaled a rock-climbing wall without any safety equipment, promised to lose weight and was presented with two rolled-up frying pans as a gift.

At the Seliger-2011 youth forum, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin scaled a rock-climbing wall without any safety equipment, promised to lose weight and was presented with two rolled-up frying pans as a gift.

© RIA Novosti . Alexey Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankAt the Seliger-2011 youth forum, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin scaled a rock-climbing wall without any safety equipment, promised to lose weight and was presented with two rolled-up frying pans as a gift.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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At the Seliger-2011 youth forum, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin scaled a rock-climbing wall without any safety equipment, promised to lose weight and was presented with two rolled-up frying pans as a gift.
© RIA Novosti . Sergey Mamontov / Go to the photo bankVladimir Putin arrived at the Seliger-2011 youth forum in a helicopter.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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Vladimir Putin arrived at the Seliger-2011 youth forum in a helicopter.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankAt the forum, the prime minister met Nikita Italyantsev who, after losing 35 kg in one year, now weighs 113 kg. He told Vladimir Putin about his accomplishments, who replied that it takes willpower to achieve such success, and promised to lose half a kilo over the next year.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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At the forum, the prime minister met Nikita Italyantsev who, after losing 35 kg in one year, now weighs 113 kg. He told Vladimir Putin about his accomplishments, who replied that it takes willpower to achieve such success, and promised to lose half a kilo over the next year.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankWhile touring the camp Vladimir Putin approached a rock-climbing wall, where a climber, secured by a rope, was training. The prime minister observed the climber and then decided to climb half way up himself without any safety equipment.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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While touring the camp Vladimir Putin approached a rock-climbing wall, where a climber, secured by a rope, was training. The prime minister observed the climber and then decided to climb half way up himself without any safety equipment.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankOne of the journalists proposed filming a documentary about a routine day in the life of the prime minister. Surprisingly, Vladimir Putin did not object and suggested setting a date.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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One of the journalists proposed filming a documentary about a routine day in the life of the prime minister. Surprisingly, Vladimir Putin did not object and suggested setting a date.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankVladimir Putin also met representatives of a bodybuilding, power lifting and endurance sports club.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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Vladimir Putin also met representatives of a bodybuilding, power lifting and endurance sports club.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankClub members demonstrated their strength by squatting 300 kg and rolling up two frying pans with their bare hands, which they then gave to the prime minister as a gift.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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Club members demonstrated their strength by squatting 300 kg and rolling up two frying pans with their bare hands, which they then gave to the prime minister as a gift.
© RIA Novosti . Yana Lapikova / Go to the photo bankOne of the Seliger-2011 forum participants proposed making the legal drinking age 21, and enacting harsher punishments for vendors who sell alcohol and tobacco to minors. The prime minister suggested that the issue of cigarette and alcohol abuse among young people be discussed by his colleagues in the Popular Front as part of their preparation for the parliamentary elections.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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One of the Seliger-2011 forum participants proposed making the legal drinking age 21, and enacting harsher punishments for vendors who sell alcohol and tobacco to minors. The prime minister suggested that the issue of cigarette and alcohol abuse among young people be discussed by his colleagues in the Popular Front as part of their preparation for the parliamentary elections.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankAt the Seliger-2011 youth forum, the prime minister took part in the creation of the most complete World War II video archive in the world, and told the forum participants about his father, a war veteran. Putin talked to the creators of the Your War Movie project while sitting by a military-style dugout. Putin said that his father had volunteered a few days after the beginning of the war, and went to the front even though he had exemption from active duty as he worked at a defense plant. He was able to escape almost certain death twice, and rescued his wife from sieged Leningrad.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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At the Seliger-2011 youth forum, the prime minister took part in the creation of the most complete World War II video archive in the world, and told the forum participants about his father, a war veteran. Putin talked to the creators of the Your War Movie project while sitting by a military-style dugout. Putin said that his father had volunteered a few days after the beginning of the war, and went to the front even though he had exemption from active duty as he worked at a defense plant. He was able to escape almost certain death twice, and rescued his wife from sieged Leningrad.
© RIA Novosti . Sergey Mamontov / Go to the photo bankDuring the meeting with forum participants, the prime minister yet another time avoided the question of whether he would run for president in 2012. He was asked whether he plans to come to the Seliger youth forum next year, and if so, in what capacity. The prime minister responded by asking, “Tell me honestly, are you interested in having me here, talking with me, in hearing my questions to you and my answers to your questions?” Then he added, “Does it really matter to you in what capacity I’m here today?”
“No,” responded the participants together. “Well, here’s my answer to your question,” said the prime minister.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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During the meeting with forum participants, the prime minister yet another time avoided the question of whether he would run for president in 2012. He was asked whether he plans to come to the Seliger youth forum next year, and if so, in what capacity. The prime minister responded by asking, “Tell me honestly, are you interested in having me here, talking with me, in hearing my questions to you and my answers to your questions?” Then he added, “Does it really matter to you in what capacity I’m here today?”
“No,” responded the participants together. “Well, here’s my answer to your question,” said the prime minister.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankWith increased frequency, journalists continue to inquire whether Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin will be participating in the presidential race in March 2012. Clear answers have not yet been provided.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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With increased frequency, journalists continue to inquire whether Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin will be participating in the presidential race in March 2012. Clear answers have not yet been provided.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey Nikolsky / Go to the photo bankPhoto: Vladimir Putin answering questions at the Seliger 2011 youth forum. On his right, actor and film director Fyodor Bondarchuk.
Vladimir Putin speaks with participants of the Seliger-2011 youth forum  - Sputnik International
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Photo: Vladimir Putin answering questions at the Seliger 2011 youth forum. On his right, actor and film director Fyodor Bondarchuk.
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