Russian bloggers cast doubt on Putin's fishy tale
MOSCOW (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin's opponents on Monday gleefully sought to prove the Russian strongman had massively exaggerated the weight of a pike he caught on a recent fishing expedition to Siberia.
The Kremlin on Friday had announced that Mr Putin managed to catch a 21 kilogramme (46 pound) pike while on a trip to the region of Tuva, providing television footage and pictures of the president stripped to the waist as he cast his line.
The images were clearly aimed at proving that Mr Putin at the age of 60 is still comfortable in raw nature and has the physical energy to catch a huge fish and lead his nation in changing times.
But the catch immediately sent the opposition - whose scrutiny on the Internet of Mr Putin's stunts becomes ever more thorough each year - scurrying to their fishing manuals to prove the Kremlin wrong.