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Russian President Putin speaks with former ice hockey player Pavel Bure during a friendly ice hockey match in the Bolshoi Ice Palace near Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with former ice hockey player Pavel Bure (C) during a friendly ice hockey match in the Bolshoi Ice Palace near Sochi January 4, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskiy/RIA Novosti/Kremlin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Russian President Putin plays hockey in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected Russia's Olympic sites in Sochi and took part in a friendly ice hockey match with his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on Jan. 4.