Putin Reminds Macron-Obsessed World He Exists, Releases Shirtless Thirst-Traps

The Kremlin has released images of a shirtless Vladimir Putin frolicking in the cold waters of a Siberian lake amid speculation on whether he’ll seek a fourth term as president. With a presidential election scheduled next March and campaigning due to kick off in the near future, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not hold back in regaling reporters with tales of Putin’s feats in the wilderness. “The water in the lake doesn't get warmer than 17 degrees, but this didn't stop the president from going for a swim,” Peskov said late Friday. He also hinted at the Russian president having superhero-like abilities in his underwater adventures. “He went hunting underwater with a mask and snorkel ... The president chased after one pike for two hours, there was no way he could shoot it, but in the end he got what he wanted,” Peskov said.