Putin dives in mini-sub to shipwreck off Crimea


Russian President Vladimir Putin has kept his his action-man image by diving in a mini-submarine to explore a shipwreck off the coast of the Crimea peninsula.

President Putin plunged to a depth of 83 metres seated alongside the pilot in the glass-bubble cabin of the Dutch-made vessel.

He went underwater to view the Byzantine-era wreckage in the Black Sea off Crimea that included a trove of 10th century pottery.

The remains were discovered off the coast of Sevastopol by Russian divers earlier this year.

In 2009 he dove down around 1,400 metres to the bottom of the world’s deepest lake, Lake Baikal, in another mini-submarine.

Mr Putin also hopped into another miniature submersible in 2013 to take in a 19th century naval frigate shipwreck on the bed of the Baltic Sea.