We have been expecting you 007! Russian leader Putin goes full Bond baddie in his mini submarine
- In latest display of machismo Putin has been pictured on submarine
- He rode craft 60 metres (200 feet) down to see the remains of naval frigate
- Oleg sank in 1869 after being hit by another vessel while on maneuvers
By Amanda Williams Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 16 July 2013
The stunt-happy Russian leader – who in the past has been pictured enjoying manly pursuits such as topless horse riding, fishing and hunting – has now released shots of him embarking on a half-hour trip to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland to see a shipwreck.
Mr Putin today rode a small submersible craft 60 metres (200 feet) down to see the remains of the naval frigate Oleg, which sank in 1869, Russian news reports said.
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Unfortunately it seems the Russian leader did not find any treasure.
The remains, being examined by marine archaeologists, lie off the island of Gogland, 110 miles west of St Petersburg.
However, his spokesman later admitted the pieces had been planted.
He has raised eyebrows with his series of adventures over the years, always with a photographer at his side.
He has in the past been caught on camera firing a tranquiliser dart into a Siberian tiger, has sailed on military submarines, and even co-piloted a fighter jet.
He has also released a judo DVD: Learn judo with Vladimir.
However Putin’s aides are also keen to promote his softer side.
Over the past few years he has been pictured painting for charity, receiving cuddly tiger cubs for his birthday, and denouncing the slaughter of baby seals.
The Oleg, a warship which sank in 1869 after colliding with another vessel, currently rests at a depth of 60 metres (200 feet) in between the islands of Gogland and Sommers.
It was reportedly discovered by Russian divers in 2003 and is now being examined by a team of researchers.