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    September 10, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, have fish soup after a boat trip on Lake Ilmen, Novgorod Region.

    Russian President Putin, PM Medvedev Spend Weekend With Fishermen

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spent their day-off on Saturday in the Novgorod region of Central Russia, eating dinner with local fishermen and tasting delicious fish soup on the Lipno Island.

    During their boat trip on Lake Ilmen, both politicians met with fishermen who were sitting at a fire and making soup.

    September 10, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, third right, are on Lipno Island after a boat trip on Lake Ilmen, Novgorod Region.
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    September 10, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, third right, are on Lipno Island after a boat trip on Lake Ilmen, Novgorod Region.

    The leaders stayed for dinner, chatting with the fishermen for over one and a half hours. The company discussed informal subjects as well as the fishermen's concern such as registration of ships, anti-poaching, fishing support and scientific progress.

    "He is such a simple man, more than one can imagine. He knows what to say — in a simple, elegant, beautiful way. He knows how to listen, and how to talk — without any populism, clearly and understandably," fisherman Ivan Pireev shared his impressions of his chat with the Russian leader with RIA Novosti.

    September 10, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, right, talk with fishermen during a boat tour of Lake Ilmen, Novgorod Region.
    © Sputnik / Dmitry Astakhov
    September 10, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, right, talk with fishermen during a boat tour of Lake Ilmen, Novgorod Region.

    The fishermen also said they were very happy about meeting Putin and Medvedev and being able to have an opportunity to talk to them. The leaders also promised to help them resolve their issues.

    September 10, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a meeting on Lipno Island, Novgorod Region.
    © Sputnik / Dmitry Astakhov
    September 10, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a meeting on Lipno Island, Novgorod Region.

    On Saturday, Putin arrived to Lipno Island in the Novgorod region, where he met with Medvedev informally. As earlier reported by Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, the president and head of the Russian government decided to jointly spend the weekend and enjoy the Russian countryside.

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