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Putin's dive treasure find staged

2011-10-05 22:09

Moscow - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's spokesperson says a widely publicised incident in which Putin pulled ancient Greek jug fragments from the seabed was staged.

The August dive in the Kerch Strait that connects the Black Sea to the Azov Sea was reported extensively in Russian and overseas media. Putin is noted for his habit of appearing in adventurous settings, including riding with leather-clad motorcyclists.

In video footage of the dive, Putin holds two fragments of what are said to be 6th century B.C. Greek jugs and says "the boys and I found them" in about two meters of clear water.

But his spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in an interview shown on Tuesday the jugs had been found earlier by archaeologists. Peskov was responding to the interviewers' questions.

Comments
  • cerveza - 2011-10-06 07:39

    Well at least Putin can't be accused of lying, he did find them, he just left out the part that someone else put them their an hour or so before for him to find. Maybe it was like an Easter-egg hunt, but with ancient Greek jugs

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-06 08:39

      What a FARCE..... and South African govt thinks it's "COOL" to be part of B.R.I.C.S...... LOL!!!!

  • Willie_G - 2011-10-06 07:49

    And they say politicians are actors... Taking IT a bit too far! He always make stupid lame videos with him doing manly stuff to impress the people! I would PAY to see JZ do some of the things Putin does!!

      daaivark - 2011-10-06 08:14

      Politics today has little to do with ethics, policy or even rationale. It's all about personality cults and marketing. And given that most people are impressed by alpha-male type displays of bravado, this is a good move.

      Monacoroyals - 2011-10-06 08:28

      JZ is too busy giving Malema head- ache pills in hospital today. No pun intended for the older folks.

  • cheycas - 2011-10-06 13:46

    what a dork!

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-10-06 18:21

    ...a real chop.

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