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Russian President Vladimir Putin, (foreground) flies in a motorized hang glider alongside two Siberian white cranes Wednesday on the Yamal Peninsula, in Russia. Putin took part in a flight as part of a program devised by environmentalists to lead the endangered cranes, which were raised in captivity, on their migration to Asia.

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Putin leads young Siberian cranes in flight

Vladimir Putin flew on a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight, a characteristic stunt for Russia’s action-man, animal-loving president that was tarnished by reports that endangered chicks had died while scientists were setting up the trip.

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