Photo Gallery Putin Takes on a Whale

It was a difficult summer for Russia -- and for Vladimir Putin. Rampaging forest fires hurt his government's standing and made him look impotent. But not for long. On Wednesday, harpoon in hand, Putin did a bit of (non-lethal) whale hunting in Kamchatka.
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