02:51 GMT18 May 2021
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    Putin is a big fan of outdoor activities and to that end he frequently visits the region. In 2019, the Russian president even decided to celebrate his 67th birthday in the Republic of Tuva, where he went on a hike in the taiga and climbed mountains.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained why President Vladimir Putin chooses Siberia as a holiday destination. At the end of March, Putin’s trip to the region with Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu made headlines across the world.

    Answering reporters' questions, Peskov said that the president fell in love with Siberia after visiting it, but noted that the politician spends his weekends in other parts of Russia, including the Far East and Krasnodar region.

    "But when it comes to spending several days alone, he prefers Siberia", Peskov said.

    During the recent trip, President Putin and Defence Minister Shoigu took a walk in the forest and crossed a suspension bridge hanging over a river and watched local wildlife.

    ​The defence minister showed the president his workshop where he makes wooden crafts, while Putin gave Shoigu a ride in an all-terrain-vehicle.

    Sergey Shoigu, Russia, Vladimir Putin
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