Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles on board a helicopter during a trip to the Lake Tere-Khol near the Mongolian border on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. Putin and Albert II of Monaco arrived Monday morning in Kyzil, the capital of the Tuva region, and then flew 250 kilometers (150 miles) by helicopter to an island in Lake Tere-Khol. After showing Prince Albert II of Monaco one of Russia’s most opulent imperial palaces, President Vladimir Putin flew with him Monday to a region on the Mongolian border where they will stay in yurts and visit an 8th-century clay fortress. (AP Photo/ RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)