A far cry from his topless macho look: Awkward-looking Putin wears shell suit ... trends now
In a far cry from his topless macho look on horseback, the Russian despot can be seen sporting long unkempt hair and wearing a casual purple and green tracksuit.
The video, obtained by Finnish broadcaster YLE, was filmed at a time when Putin was aged around 40 and his political figure was becoming rapidly more popular.
In 1991, Leningrad's name was changed to St Petersburg. Putin became the right hand man of the mayor Anatoly Sobchak who appointed him the head of the Committee for External Relations.
Nowadays Putin remains fiercely private, with only select images and videos available to the public, in which he looks rigid and incredibly serious.
Video footage has emerged of an awkward-looking Putin dressed in a shell suit with unkempt long hair in the early 1990s
In the footage, a subdued Putin eats at the dinner table dressed in a shell suit
Putin pictured riding a horse in southern Siberia's Tuva region, Russia August 3, 2009
Instead, the rare footage shows him even cracking a smile as he plays