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WATCH: Vladimir Putin Helps Guide Migrating Birds By Taking To Sky In Hang-Glider

Just hours after news came out about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to take to the skies and help rare Siberian white cranes migrate south for winter, the Russian strongman has completed his task — and of course been filmed in the process.

“I am just relieved it went well,” Putin, a self-confessed animal lover, said after the journey on the motor-powered glider, Russia Today reports. “I saw the birds following me on either side. They are beautiful creatures.”

The incident is just the latest in a long-line of macho publicity stunts from Putin, which have included shooting tigers, discovering ancient pots while scuba-diving, and being photographed undertaking some topless fishing.

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