The pics Vladimir Putin doesn't want you to see (and the ones he does)

 The Winter Olympics begin in Russia on Friday, and President Vladimir Putin is getting ready to play host to the world in the town of Sochi.

Russia has claimed that the "Sochi Olympics will set a standard for all future games", but there are pictures circulating on Twitter from reporters who've arrived early that make that claim seem more like a terrifying threat.

Take a look:

Sebastian Toutant, @SebToots: "Well that's interesting... Sochi rules in the bathrooms!! #haha #olympics"

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Scary stuff. We're sure old Vlad would rather you forget all about those pesky reporter tweets and take a lovely tour through these pictures of the President himself being a manly man:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir attempts a climbing wall at the Seliger educational youth forum August 1, 2011 at Lake Seliger, Tver Region, Russia, on August, 1, 2011. Putin commented on the ... more 
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir attempts a climbing wall at the Seliger educational youth forum August 1, 2011 at Lake Seliger, Tver Region, Russia, on August, 1, 2011. Putin commented on the unification of Russia and Belarus stating that it fully depends "on the will of the Belarusian people." (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images) less 
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