He's known as a ruthless leader who rules with an iron fist and takes no prisoners, but Vladimir Putin did his best to look cheerful as he leaned in for selfies and handed out awards.
The dictator played host to an event aimed at encouraging Russians to have more babies.
He presented the country's biggest families with The Order of Parental Glory and a bouquets of flowers in the Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
Putin was seen awkwardly leaning in for a selfie and puffing out his chest as he stood with clans from across the country for ceremonial photos.
Men, women and children part of families from Moscow, Kaliningrad Region, Kurgan Region, Stavropol Territory, Republic of Mordovia, Republic of Khakassia and Republic of Sakha, all stood rigid by the Russian leader and timidly posed waited for their pictures to be taken.
The purpose of International Children's Day is to recognise activities that promote 'the institution of the family and child-rearing and reverse the country's falling population.
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