Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia’s next president despite clashes between helmeted riot police and anti-Putin protestors outside the Kremlin back in May 2012. This is Putin’s third stint as president, previously he was serving as Prime Minister.
Politics aside however, Vladimir Putin’s antics outside of the Kremlin, from adrenaline filled Judo practices to sultry shirtless horseback riding, have earned him the title of one of the most interesting men in the world. Mostly recently, he soared to new heights by flying with cranes. Here’s a look at the Russian leader in recent years.