Vladimir Putin takes trip in mini submarine

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a trip on a small submersible 60 metres (200 feet) to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland to see the remains of naval frigate Oleg, which sank in 1869.

President Putin before the dive. Credit: APTN

The remains, being examined by marine archaeologists, lie off the island of Gogland 180 kilometres (110 miles) west of St. Petersburg.

President Putin was accompanied on the dive. Credit: APTN

Putin has become well known for his adventurous stunts.

Previous adventures have included; a trip to the bottom of Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake, flying with his hang glider with rare cranes, a scuba dive in which he brought up pottery shards that his spokesman later admitted had been planted and his famous bare-chested horse riding in Siberia.

After the dive President Putin said the trip was, "it's not scary, it's very interesting." Credit: APTN