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Russian President Vladimir Putin plunged to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland aboard a submarine to explore a Soviet submarine sunk during the Second World War

From Russia with love! Putin sinks to new depths while he gives a mini-submarine in Bond style a twist

  • Russian president plunged to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea aboard the C-Explorer 3.11 submarine
  • He was exploring the Soviet Shch-308 submarine, which was sunk in October 1942 after it hit the German mine
  • The airtight glass bubble of the hi-tech craft protected Mr Putin as he descended smilingly under the waves
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Russian President Vladimir Putin plunged to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland aboard a submarine to explore a Soviet submarine sunk during the Second World War.

The Shchuka-class submarine Shch-308 sank in October 1942 near the island of Gogland, west of St. Petersburg, the Russian capital.

In scenes that made Mr. Putin look like a villain from a James Bond movie, Mr. Putin was shown smiling in the underwater vessel, a C-Explorer 3.11 underwater.

The airtight glass bubble protected Mr. Putin, who first became Russian President in 1999 and has been ruling the country continuously since 2012.

On one photo, Mr. Putin peered out of the open lid of the vessel.

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In others, the submarine floated on the water while the Russian president peered out.

The hull of the sunken submarine was discovered in September 2018 and lay on the seabed north of the island of Bolshoi Tyuters.

It is thought that it was sunk after hitting a German mine and that all 40 crew members died.

Russian President Vladimir Putin plunged to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland aboard a submarine to explore a Soviet submarine sunk during the Second World War

Russian President Vladimir Putin plunged to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland aboard a submarine to explore a Soviet submarine sunk during the Second World War

The Shchuka-class submarine Shch-308 sank in October 1942 near the island of Gogland, west of St. Petersburg, the Russian capital
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The Shchuka-class submarine Shch-308 sank in October 1942 near the island of Gogland, west of St. Petersburg, the Russian capital

The Shchuka-class submarine Shch-308 sank in October 1942 near the island of Gogland, west of St. Petersburg, the Russian capital

In scenes that made Mr. Putin look like a villain from a James Bond movie, Mr. Putin was shown smiling in the underwater vessel, a C-Explorer 3.11 submersibl

In scenes that made Mr. Putin look like a villain from a James Bond movie, Mr. Putin was shown smiling in the underwater vessel, a C-Explorer 3.11 submersibl

In scenes that made Mr. Putin look like a villain from a James Bond movie, Mr. Putin was shown smiling in the underwater vessel, a C-Explorer 3.11 submersibl

The hull of the sunken submarine (photo) was discovered in September 2018 and lay on the seabed north of the island of Bolshoi Tyuters in the Baltic Sea

The hull of the sunken submarine (photo) was discovered in September 2018 and lay on the seabed north of the island of Bolshoi Tyuters in the Baltic Sea

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The hull of the sunken submarine (photo) was discovered in September 2018 and lay on the seabed north of the island of Bolshoi Tyuters in the Baltic Sea

On one photo, Mr. Putin peered out of the open lid of the hi-tech craft that would have looked at home in a James Bond movie

On one photo, Mr. Putin peered out of the open lid of the hi-tech craft that would have looked at home in a James Bond movie

On one photo, Mr. Putin peered out of the open lid of the hi-tech craft that would have looked at home in a James Bond movie

The vessel is sinking under the waves in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea to inspect the sunken Soviet submarine Shch-308. It is thought that it sunk after hitting a German mine in 1942

The vessel is sinking under the waves in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea to inspect the sunken Soviet submarine Shch-308. It is thought that it sunk after hitting a German mine in 1942

The vessel is sinking under the waves in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea to inspect the sunken Soviet submarine Shch-308. It is thought that it sunk after hitting a German mine in 1942

I'll see you when I come back: Mr Putin waves at spectators as he descends under the waves, accompanied by two assistants
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I'll see you when I come back: Mr Putin waves at spectators as he descends under the waves, accompanied by two assistants

I'll see you when I come back: Mr Putin waves at spectators as he descends under the waves, accompanied by two assistants

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