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14 May, 2008 17:11

Rare photos show Putin in new light

Vladimir Putin may have just stepped down as President to become Prime Minister. But a new photo display at the Manezh Exhibition Hall in Moscow is giving people the chance to relive the highlights of his eight years as Russian leader.

From candid shots to meetings with world leaders, images of Putin at work and play are on show, just a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin.

Thirty-three photographers are featured in the exhibition. One of them is Anatoly Zhdanov of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, who says the camera loves Putin.

“He has these features in his character that make it incredibly interesting to film him. It’s not easy, but later when you see these unbelievable shots of him you understand it’s something special,” he said.

This exhibition shows a side of Putin many have never seen. Part of it is due to his private photographers and part to those who kept shooting when they shouldn’t have.

Anatoly Zhdanov is worried now that Putin has stepped down there won’t be so many special moments to catch on camera.

"I am going to miss filming him. There were so many bright events and historic moments that I took part in as a photographer.