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    Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, moved to beef up his macho man image on Wednesday by pledging he would learn to skate well enough to play ice-hockey.

    Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, moved to beef up his macho man image on Wednesday by pledging he would learn to skate well enough to play ice-hockey.

    The judo black belt was speaking from his native St. Petersburg during a video link-up with Russian under-20 athletes in Kazan.

    "I will learn to skate and come to see you," Putin told an ice hockey player.

    Kazan will host the 2013 Summer Universiade.

    ST. PETERSBURG, February 9 (RIA Novosti)

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