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So the Russians are no different from us. Even Putin can't post a fish picture with a weight without starting an argument:

Russians smell something fishy in Putin's latest stunt

MOSCOW, July 29 (Reuters) - There was a time when Vladimir Putin's macho antics inspired pride among Russians, but many are finding it hard to believe the president's latest stunt - catching a huge pike in Siberia.

Video footage released by the Kremlin last week showed Putin dressed in camouflage fatigues and sunglasses, fishing, driving a motorboat and petting reindeer in a remote region of Siberia with his prime minister and defence minister.

But the images of the 60-year-old president hauling in a pike which the Kremlin said weighed 21 kg (46 pounds) proved too much for some Russians to swallow.

Within hours, online satirists were questioning whether the incident was staged and whether the pike was really as big as the Kremlin said.

"Wonder who planted that fish for Putin to catch," said a caption placed under two online pictures, one of Putin holding the fish and the other showing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev emerging from a river in a wetsuit with a satisfied look.

Experienced anglers posted photographs of large pike they had caught, questioning the size and weight of the ex-KGB officer's catch.

One photo caption called it "Churov's Pike" - a reference to election commission chief Vladimir Churov who is accused by the opposition of conjuring victory for Putin's party in elections which they say were marred by fraud.
He denies doing so.

Putin has often burnished his image since first coming to power in 2000 with outdoor exploits such as riding a horse with a bare torso and shooting a tiger with a tranquiliser.

But the Kremlin admitted under pressure that a stunt in 2011, in which Putin found ancient artefacts at the bottom of the Black Sea, was staged. When he flew with migrating storks last year, he was widely mocked online.

This time, the Kremlin stood firm.

"I personally saw the scales and was present in the weighing. It was seriously more than 20 kg (44 lb)," Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told Interfax news agency.

Putin remains Russia's most popular politician, with a recent opinion poll showing his trust level at 45 percent, but his authority was dented by mass protests in Moscow and other big cities that began in late 2011 and carried on into 2012. (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Timothy Heritage and Alistair Lyon) http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/29/russia-putin-fish-idUSL6N0FZ0XZ20130729
 

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If you look at the way he is holding it in the pic the gill plate shoulder structure would slice his little fingers off if it was even close to that weight, or even real for that matter. You can't hold even a small pike from that side of the gills, unless it's dead. It is a taxidermy fish he is holding in the pics or his communist ass would be bleeding.
 

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If you look at the way he is holding it in the pic the gill plate shoulder structure would slice his little fingers off if it was even close to that weight, or even real for that matter. You can't hold even a small pike from that side of the gills, unless it's dead. It is a taxidermy fish he is holding in the pics or his communist ass would be bleeding.
Here's the video. Looks live to me.
 

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Looks alive while it is in the net. Does not look to active while he is holding it up, by the bottom of the gills this time by the way. Also, if you watch him reeling in his line there is clearly no fish on it, at least certainly not the pike they soon after net and land. Next he will be killing a bear with a fork on video.
This is a nice fish but it is not as they depict it and certainly not the weight they claim. It is a typical 'soviet era' type propaganda video showing the leader as a hero accomplished in all masculine disciplines and goes in the folder with all his others. Doesn't even qualify as a 'catch' in my book.
 

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Looks alive while it is in the net. Does not look to active while he is holding it up, by the bottom of the gills this time by the way. Also, if you watch him reeling in his line there is clearly no fish on it, at least certainly not the pike they soon after net and land. Next he will be killing a bear with a fork on video.
This is a nice fish but it is not as they depict it and certainly not the weight they claim. It is a typical 'soviet era' type propaganda video showing the leader as a hero accomplished in all masculine disciplines and goes in the folder with all his others. Doesn't even qualify as a 'catch' in my book.
i think youve lost your mind
 

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just heard it was actually 26lbs....the guide said....he is one of those that thinks his johnson is 12inches too :D:)
 

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I saw this story yesterday and just imagined the argument on the Russian version of OGF. There's no way that fish is over 22":)
 

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Looks alive while it is in the net. Does not look to active while he is holding it up, by the bottom of the gills this time by the way. Also, if you watch him reeling in his line there is clearly no fish on it, at least certainly not the pike they soon after net and land. Next he will be killing a bear with a fork on video.
This is a nice fish but it is not as they depict it and certainly not the weight they claim. It is a typical 'soviet era' type propaganda video showing the leader as a hero accomplished in all masculine disciplines and goes in the folder with all his others. Doesn't even qualify as a 'catch' in my book.
Here's a video that isn't edited as much. Big pike but not 40 pounds.
 

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according to something I read, Joseph stalin wanted painters to portray him as a tall, strong man, when he really was just 5'5". I also read that if he thought the painter didn't portray him "right", he has them shot. so yeah, something like this doesn't surprise me.
 

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Old Soviet joke: They issued a new stamp with Stalin's picture. But the censors weren't seeing it in use in the mail. They investigated, and discovered that half of the people were spitting on the front of it, and the other half were licking all the adhesive off the backside.
 
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