Russia’s Prime Minister enhances his action man reputation with a submarine dive to 1400 metres in Lake Baikal, the world’s largest body of fresh water. He joined a team of scientists who are using two cramped Mir mini-submarines to study gas hydrates and natural seepage of crude oil on the bottom of the lake.
His dive took four and a half hours. During that time he spoke to reporters via a hydrophone, and described the scenery through the porthole as being magnificent.
It’s a good job nothing went wrong. Although if something had, it would have been interesting to see if current President, Medvedev, stayed on holiday for 5 days, like Mr. Putin himself did when the Kursk sank in the Baltic.
The photograph above was taken from this Guardian article.