Russia Beyond The Headlines — Putin camps out in the Siberian taiga
What's the big deal? Beyond the choice of personal recreation, this is highly symbolic, as conservationist and nature enthusiast Teddy Roosevelt understood. It sends a positive signal environmentally, raises awareness, and increases Russia and Putin's soft power.
Siberia is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas, and Putin is working to develop it in an environmentally sound way. Russia recently passed a