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Vladimir Putin On Bikers, Fighting, Ukrainian Calendar Girls

3. February 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Controversial supermodel Naomi Campbell recently sat down with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to learn the leader’s thoughts on physical fitness, a Ukrainian biker gang, and the sexy students who made him an erotic calendar for his birthday, among other topics. Here are a few excerpts from the interview, published in the March issue of British GQ.


Putin is known for being a “manly man” who keeps in shape. So how does the Russian keep up his physique?


“I go to the gym, I swim daily and from time to time I meet with friends and do extra-curricular stuff.”


When Campbell asked Putin if he’d been injured while partaking in extreme sports like white-water rafting and motor racing, the Russian replied that he’d only broken a finger when “mucking about during exercise.” Putin did not, however, address Campbell’s question about whether the sports were about the thrill of the activity or showing off.


Last summer, Putin was photographed on a Harley Davidson at a biker’s festival in Ukraine. Here’s what the leader to say about the Night Wolves bikers.


“Well, these are really cool guys, really tough guys. One of them was a really courageous person who travelled a few thousand kilometres on a two-wheeler bike.  He's a handicapped guy with only one leg - he lost it somewhere in Yugoslavia during the war. I'm not the tough guy, those guys are.”


Last October, we told you about the sexy students who made Putin an erotic calendar for his birthday. However, until now it wasn’t certain what Vladimir thought about the ladies. Here’s what he had to say:

I like the girls a lot, they're beautiful. I like the calendar but it's not the most important thing... If you come out in support of someone like me, you're going to be accused of trying to ingratiate yourself. The girls in the erotic calendar were courageous and they were not scared. As student journalists, they couldn't fail to understand what might have been said to them after doing this. Nonetheless, they were not deterred and did the calendar anyway. So, frankly, that's what I liked the most.”


Despite his reputation of a tough leader, Vladimir Putin is part of the Global Tiger Initiative. It was at the world’s first tiger summit in St. Petersburg that the Russian ruler and outspoken supermodel met. Here’s what Putin had to say about why he decided to become active in the Global Tiger Initiative.

"It's simple. I once saw a TV programme about Russian and US activists in the Far East with people engaged with tiger preservation. I was impressed by what I saw, so I decided to take a closer look, and started reading about the show and talking to experts. I decided support needed to be given to these activists, so I pulled together a programme, sponsored by extra funds. The total allocation was $5m and then we started expanding the programme, which now includes black bears, white bears and other species."


Click to read the full interview in British GQ. Campbell and Putin also discussed the Russians’ love of the butterfly stroke, bare-knuckle fighting, and more.