Putin dives Lake Baikal in a submarine

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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.

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.
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