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Russian President Putin, his Belarussian counterpart Lukashenko and retired Russian ice hockey player Fetisov take part in a friendly ice hockey match in the Bolshoi Ice Palace near Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko (C) and retired Russian ice hockey player Vyacheslav Fetisov take part in 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 ICE HOCKEY) 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.