007 RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN RODE A MINI-SUBMARINE TO SEE AN 1869 OLEG SHIPWRECK FOUND 30 MINUTES BELOW GULF OF FINLAND

Russian President Vladimir Putin submerges on boardthe Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe near the isle of Gogland in the Gulf of Finland

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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Russian President Vladimir Putin submerges on boardthe Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe near the isle of Gogland in the Gulf of FinlandRussian President Vladimir Putin submerges on boardthe Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe near the isle of Gogland in the Gulf of Finland

 

 
Mr Putin today rode the small submersible craft 60 metres (200 feet) down to see the remains of the naval frigate Oleg, which sank in 1869, Russian news reports saidMr Putin today rode the 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

 

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

 

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.

 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.

However, his spokesman later admitted the pieces had been planted. 

 
Ever the adventurer! Putin rides sub to bottom of Gulf of Finland
 

 
Strong: Russian politician Vladimir Putin normally prefers to portray himself as being tough and in control. This shows him riding topless on a horse Strong: Russian president Vladimir Putin normally prefers to portray himself as being tough and in control. This shows him riding topless on a horse

 

 
Tough image: Vladimir Putin is pictured here looking confident and self-assured carrying a hunting rifleTough image: Vladimir Putin is pictured here looking confident and self-assured carrying a hunting rifle

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.

 
Putin swims in a lake in southern Siberia's Tuva region, in 2009. Putin, a judo black belt who has flown in a fighter aircraft and shot a Siberian tiger in the wild, plunged into the depths of Lake Baikal aboard a mini-submersiblePutin swims in a lake in southern Siberia‘s Tuva region, in 2009. Putin, a judo black belt who has flown in a fighter aircraft and shot a Siberian tiger in the wild, plunged into the depths of Lake Baikal aboard a mini-submersible

  

Russia's hard man also pulled on a wetsuit and went scuba diving at an ancient Greek Black Sea site in 2011Russia’s hard man also pulled on a wetsuit and went scuba diving at an ancient Greek Black Sea site in 2011

 

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.

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