Putin’ on the Heavy Weights: Putin and Medvedev Work Out, Grill Meat in Meeting

Vladimir Putin works out in Sochi, Russia.

It’s not bear wrestling, but it’s close: Russian President Vladimir Putin joined Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday for a little bit of lifting, and the Kremlin was all too happy to share photos of the “informal meeting.”

We’re not entirely sure if the morning lift was meant to be serious or campily hilarious—that Russian sense of humor is so hard to read, you know?—but we do know this much: These dudes were dressed for the occasion.

The Russian leaders showed up to the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort wearing almost-but-not-quite-matching sweatsuits, aviator shades and some squeaky clean cross-trainers. (No giant fuzzy ushankas, unfortunately, although temps were balmy at the site of the recent Winter Olympics.)

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev work out in Sochi, Russia.

Also in the wardrobe choice: Some really oversized Russian weightlifting gloves. (Or are they repurposed hockey gloves? We’re not sure.) Medvedev brought his game face, that is for damn sure.

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev work out in Sochi, Russia.

Breakfast: Meat. Grilled meat. (Look, they use the term “BBQ” in Russia too!)

In Russia, an "informal meeting" means lifting and grilling.

“Later, over breakfast, the President and the Prime Minister discussed a number of current issues,” the Kremlin press release said.

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev meet in Sochi, Russia.


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