Thursday 19 October 2017

Putin takes sub to bottom of sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin submerges on board Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe (AP/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin submerges on board Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe (AP/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Vladimir Putin's latest media event was modest by the stunt-happy Russian leader's standards - a half-hour trip to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland to see a shipwreck.

He didn't even find any treasure.

On Monday, Mr Putin rode a small submersible craft 60 metres down to see the remains of the naval frigate Oleg, which sank in 1869, Russian news reports said.

The remains, being examined by marine archaeologists, lie off the island of Gogland 110 miles west of St Petersburg.

Mr Putin's penchant for adventurous stunts included a trip to the bottom of Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake, and a scuba dive in which he brought up pottery shards that his spokesman later admitted had been planted.

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