Putin to Fly With Flock of Cranes

    Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to pilot a motorized hang glider while looking at a crane as he takes part in a scientific experiment as part of the "Flight of Hope", which aims to preserve a rare species of - cranes on September 5, 2012.  At the helm of a motorized hang glider that the birds have taken as their leader, Putin made three flights - the first to get familiar with the process, and two others with the birds. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / POOL / ALEXEY DRUZHININ        (Photo credit should read Alexsey Druginyn/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin will strap into a motorized glider and lead a group of endangered cranes as they begin their winter migration in a publicity stunt that can only be termed bizarre. He’ll be joining a group of scientists who use gliders to help the Siberian cranes born in captivity on the first leg of their migratory journey. “The president will get to try himself in the role of the leader of a flock of cranes that were raised in captivity,” one Russian newspaper said. Putin is known for being something of an outdoorsman–when it suits his publicity purposes–and once wrote that he enjoys “events involving the participation of fauna.”

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