Aug. 3 - A Russian strongman bends two frying pans and presents them to Prime Minister Vladamir Putin at a summer youth camp. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Thousands of admiring young Russians rallied around Vladimir Putin on Monday (August 1) and hung portraits of him from trees at this year's summer camp for Kremlin youth wing Nashi, ahead of 2012 presidential polls. Young sportsmen who came to the camp from various Russian cities posed for photographers with Putin and one of them even presented him with two frying pans, which he then bent, to exhibit his strength. Alexander Muromtsev, the Russian strongman who has previously set several Guinness Book records, demonstrated two frying pans to Putin, and after the prime minister checked that they were genuine, bent them into a single tube. After showing his strength, Muromtsev presented the newly shaped pans to Putin, saying that Russia would never give Kuril Islands to anyone. The sportsman reminded Putin about the ongoing row between Russia and Japan over islands Russia that calls the Southern Kuriles and Japan calls the Northern Territories. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev infuriated Tokyo last November by making the first visit by a Kremlin leader to the islands, which Soviet troops seized at the end of World War Two. His trip provoked a storm of protest from Tokyo, which wants the return of the sparsely populated islands. Meanwhile Putin, casually attired in khakis and a striped white shirt, strolled around the 4,000-strong lakeside tent camp five hours drive north of Moscow, where he later held a townhall style open air meeting with participants.