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Sleeping Tiger, Hidden Agenda?

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

They may not appreciate it, but the host of wild animals who have shared encounters with Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin over the course of his political career enjoy a certain kind of celebrity.

There's Mongol the endangered snow leopard, who "frolicked" with Putin last year shortly after being rescued from poachers. He's now an official mascot of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

And there's the polar bear who made headlines in 2010 when he was on the receiving end of a caress from the now-outgoing prime minister, who bravely fitted the heavily sedated animal with a tracking collar and admiringly called him the "master of the Arctic."

And then there's Serga, the Siberian tigress who was photographed with Putin after being tranquilized midpounce by the gun-toting, conservation-loving prime minister.

A video on Putin's website recounts the event, which took place when the tiger was caught in a trap set by researchers during a 2008 visit by the prime minister to the Ussuri reserve in Siberia.

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Sleeping Tiger, Hidden Agenda?

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