London

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin kicked off his partys election campaign by staging yet another macho stunt, this time joining a biker gang and leading them on a motorcade. After riding around on his hog for a bit, black

– clad Putin, 58, boarded a Soviet- era warship in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, as part of the international motorbike festival to mark the citys liberation during the Second World War. Putin, who has been nicknamed alt39 Alpha Dogalt39 in U. S. diplomatic cables after eccentric photos surfaced of him topless horse- riding and hunting, called the bikers his alt39 brothersalt39 as he made a speech to assembled crowd.

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