April 12 (UPI) --
Previous photo ops have shown Russia's outdoorsy president wrestling tigers
, harpooning whales
and riding horses without a shirt on
, but the Kremlin wants you to know that Vladimir Putin has a soft side too.
In a new series of photos released by the Russian government, titled "A walk in the Moscow suburbs," Putin sports a Team Russia tracksuit and plays in the snow with his two dogs, a Bulgarian shepherd named Bubby and an Akita Inu puppy named Yume, Sky News reported Thursday.
Yume was a gift from a governor of Japan's Akita prefecture, Norihisa Satake. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov gave Buffy to Putin in 2010.
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