Note that the Times article mentions that Putin is a ‘gay icon’. Interesting.. — PID
/SNIP/ Mr Putin, who will be 57 in October, showed off a set of rippling arm muscles as he demonstrated his butterfly swimming technique in another picture, his face a study in concentration as he cut through the refreshingly brisk waters of a local lake.
The photos will inevitably trigger the sound of mass swooning by women all over Russia — as well as unfavourable comparisons of their husbands to Mr Putin’s manly physique. They will also confirm the Russian Prime Minister’s status as a gay icon.