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Vladimir Putin's archaeological 'discovery' exposed as a stunt

If it seemed too good to be true, that's because it was. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's reported discovery of two sixth century ceramic jugs during a dive to an underwater archaeological site in August has been exposed as a sham by his own press secretary, according to The New York Times.

"Look," Dmitri Peskov told a group of journalists. "Putin did not find an amphora that had been lying on the bottom for many thousands of years. That is obvious."

"They either left them there, or they put them there," Peskov said. "This is completely normal. It is totally not a pretext for malicious joy and so forth."

As we have noted on PhotoBlog more than once, the divin', fishin', tank-drivin' Mr Putin is not averse to a photo opportunity. Despite his astonishing range of skills, it seems he really is a politician at heart.