Russia’s President Vladimir Putin takes part in the All-Russian ice hockey festival among amateur teams at Megasport Arena in Moscow

Posted April 30th, 2013 at 9:30 pm (UTC+0)
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President Putin, a judo and karate expert, taught himself to skate in recent years to help promote the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Photo: Reuters/Alexksey Nikolskyi

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R), accompanied by jazz musician Igor Butman, walks to take part in the All-Russian ice hockey festival among amateur teams at Megasport Arena in Moscow, May 7, 2012. Putin played for a team representing the Russian Amateur Ice Hockey League, which competed with the Russian Legends Team. REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Pool (RUSSIA – Tags: POLITICS SPORT ICE HOCKEY) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS – RTR31R9X

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James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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