Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on a TV set screen as he speaks during a State Council meeting at the Kremlin, in Moscow, on December 27, 2012. Putin told today a meeting of top officials in the Kremlin he intended to sign into law a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children that has raised tensions between Moscow and Washington. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA
Crédits : NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA
Russia President Vladimir Putin waves during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Crédits : Dennis Grombkowski
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits USA House in the Olympic Village on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Crédits : Marianna Massey
Russia President Vladimir Putin looks on during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Crédits : Hannah Peters
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a glass of champagne during a lunch hosted by the office of the Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Presidents of the International Paralympic Committee member organisations during the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games on March 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Crédits : Harry Engels
Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin tagging a Siberian Tiger whilst visiting the Barabash tiger reserve, in eastern Siberia in the Amur Region of the Russian Federation. Wildlife experts have warned that wild tigers could be extinct by 2022 if new measures to protect their habitat are not taken. Speaking at the Tiger Summit in St Petersburg, scientists from the World Wildlife Fund confirmed numbers of wild tigers have dwindled to 3,200 from 10,000 a century ago. These moving pictures show Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin visiting the Barabash tiger reserve, in eastern Siberia. During his visit Mr Putin assisted staff in placing an electronic tag on a rare Amur (Siberian) tiger by shooting it with a tranquilliser gun. Amur tigers are extremely rare and almost became extinct in the wild in the 1940's. Tiger body parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine and one animal can fetch up to £20,000 on the black market. The object of the Tiger Summit is to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, the next time it will be the Chinese year of the Tiger.
Crédits : Barcroft
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at Belfast International Airport on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The two-day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks.