Putin followers get an opportunity to vacation like him in Siberia

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes throughout a brief trip at an unknown location in Siberia, Russia, on this undated picture taken in September 2021 and launched September 26, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin through REUTERS

MOSCOW – Russians will have the ability to retrace President Vladimir Putin’s footsteps in his beloved Siberian vacation spots below plans being developed by the state journey company Rostourism.

In response to public demand, the company stated journey corporations are placing collectively an itinerary overlaying a number of Siberian areas the place Putin has relaxed over time.

His wilderness spare time activities have lengthy fashioned a part of his macho picture, with the Kremlin releasing pictures of him swimming, horseriding and searching, usually bare-chested. Final month he was proven mountain climbing in forested mountains and fishing with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

“This encourages hundreds of thousands of vacationers to find Russia’s magnificence,” Rostourism boss Zarina Doguzova stated in an Instagram submit for Putin’s 69th birthday final week.

“Due to your assist, the tourism and hospitality business have entered a brand new improvement stage.”

In avenue interviews, a number of Russians expressed enthusiasm for the concept, whereas worrying such journeys may be costly when in comparison with package deal holidays overseas.

“Anybody of their proper thoughts will definitely have an interest as a result of the locations our president chooses are actually uncommon,” stated Muscovite Alexander Ilyin.

Tatyana Lukach, 37, stated: “It appears to me such excursions can be very helpful for Russia to carry collectively the folks and keep nationwide spirit.”

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The federal government has pledged to assist the COVID-hit journey business, together with by providing cashback for journeys booked utilizing the nation’s card fee system Mir. Doguzova stated in July she anticipated inside tourism to return to pre-pandemic ranges by the tip of 2021.