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007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine

Vladimir Putin's latest display of machismo has seen him plunge to the bottom of the ocean in...

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine

Vladimir Putin's latest display of machismo has seen him plunge to the bottom of the ocean in a decidedly James Bond-esque manner.

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 rode a small submersible craft which bears an uncanny likeness to the underwater hideout of James Bond villain, scientist and anarchist Karl Stromberg, in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me.

The President descended 60 metres (200 feet) down to see the remains of the naval frigate Oleg, which sank in 1869, Russian news reports said.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
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 said.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
 The 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.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
Striking resemblance: Vladimir Putin's submersible craft has an uncanny likeness to Jame Bond baddie Karl Stormberg's underwater hideout Atlantis, pictured, in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me.

 

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
Strong: Russian president Vladimir Putin normally prefers to portray himself as being tough and in control. This shows him riding topless on a horse.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
Tough 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.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
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-submersible.

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.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
 Busy man: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with chief of Russia's military's General Staff Valery Gerasimov, right, at an airport in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin Island today.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
 In action: Russian President Vladimir Putin watches military exercises with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, during his visit to Russia's far eastern Sakhalin region.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
 In the spotlight: Tanks with the Eastern Military District perform military exercises in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin this morning.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
Overview: Putin pictured in a helicopter watching a naval exercise of the Pacific Fleet as part of the military exercises in the Eastern Military District, Sakhalin region, Russia.

007! Russian Leader Putin Goes Full Bond Baddie In His Mini Submarine
Russian Pacific Fleet ships take part in military exercises in the Eastern Military District with Russian President Vladimir Putin overseeing the maneuvers from a helicopter in the Sakhalin region.


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