We already knew that Vladimir Putin was a tough guy. We just didn't know how tough--or how adventurous or how muscular or how good at karate. But Russia's former president and eponymous strong man is also a tender man. He likes to hug puppies, feed young moose with a bottle and play the piano while wearing a tuxedo. 

The contrast is not lost on Alan Taylor, who's collected some pictures of Putin doing activities at TheAtlantic.com's In Focus blog. The internet has already given us Vladimir Putin Action Comics. Without further ado, click through for an entire gallery of "Vladimir Putin, Action Man."