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Report: Putin Co-Authors Judo Book

October 21, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ While Boris Yeltsin was writing a memoir of his last days as Russian president, his successor Vladimir Putin was apparently working on a book of his own: a judo manual.

A new book on judo techniques has been released in the northern city of Arkhangelsk, citing Putin _ a black belt in the sport _ as one of its three authors, Russia’s private NTV television reported Saturday.

``Judo: History, Theory, Practice″ outlines techniques in the sport, including moves Putin used during a visit to a Japanese stadium at a summit last month, NTV said.

``When I am on a judo mat, I feel at home,″ Putin said at the time. The trim president rumbled with Japanese athletes, then faced a 10-year-old girl who tossed him to the mat.

The presidential press service could not be reached for comment on the book Saturday night.

Earlier this month, Yeltsin released his latest book of memoirs, called ``Presidential Marathon″ in Russia and ``Midnight Diaries″ in the United States and Europe.

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