Ahead of his birthday on Monday October 7th, President Vladimir Putin went for a walk in the Siberian taiga and climbed a mountain that is about 2,000 metres high.
The video footage of Putin’s trip to the Siberian taiga was published after midnight on October 7th, when the president is celebrating his sixty-seventh birthday, Russian news agency Tass reported.
Putin traditionally goes to the Siberian mountains, to Altai or to Tuva, usually in the company of friends, to areas where there are practically no people. This year Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu accompanied him.
The president enjoyed the sights from the top of the mountain and said, “High above the clouds. Much higher than the clouds. We have climbed higher than the clouds.”
In 2018 and 2017, the head of state’s birthday fell on the weekend, which, however, did not prevent him from holding a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council of the Russian Federation in Sochi two years ago. More often the president spends his birthday working and several times, major international summits were held, in which the Russian leader took part.
If Putin is in Russia on his birthday, he tries to spend at least the evening with relatives and friends, sometimes managing to do this in his home city St Petersburg. The president once admitted that he does not usually arrange any holidays on his birthday.
For years, citizens of many countries have marked Putin’s birthday and 2017 turned out to be especially fertile for original ideas. Artistic graffiti congratulating the president appeared in several areas of Paris and New York restaurant Lucy's Cantina Royale served a special hamburger.
A few days before the president’s sixty-fifth birthday a Washington restaurant offered visitors a pizza called ‘Hot Like Putin’.