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Top 10 Other Things Vladimir Putin Found While Scuba Diving

Third time's a charm!
Third time's a charm!
In the latest of his trademark populist stunts ahead of next year's elections, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin went scuba diving at the site of a Greek ruin on the southern Black Sea coast -- and managed to discover two ancient jugs dating back to the sixth century.

Russians news agencies said Putin -- a novice only attempting his third scuba dive -- had descended just 2 meters and was simply lucky to have discovered the objects while surrounded by reporters because the water was so clear.

Putin with his haul

As it turns out, frogman Putin discovered a lot more than just jugs. So we've compiled a list of some of those artifacts:

  • Venus de Milo's missing arms
  • Mikheil Saakashvili's "I ♥ Putin" button
  • Vladimir Zhirinovsky's undergraduate thesis on multiculturalism
  • Anna Chapman's decoder ring
  • Alyaksandr Lukashenka's signed copy of Ferdinand Marcos's autobiography
  • Ramzan Kadyrov's gimp outfit
  • Boris Yeltsin's "My Daughter Went To Switzerland And All I Got Was This Lousy Bank Account" shot glass
  • Mikhail Gorbachev's Langley cafeteria pass
  • Mikhail Khodorkovsky's 1994 tax return
  • Dmitry Medvedev's cojones

Can you think of anything we missed?

-- RFE/RL Newsroom
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by: Jack from: US
August 10, 2011 17:16
Who said great men like Putin could waste their time diving in vain? Of course evil minds and detractors from CIA would now lie ancient jars have been planted in advance by KGB. US government cannot stand the fact that Putin is so much superior to idiots called US presidents.
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by: Jack from: US
August 10, 2011 22:27
Huh...funny you are my friend. one thing current US president is definitely not is an Idiot. you however making such comment may deserve the title.
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by: Anonymous from: USA
August 11, 2011 00:40
Some of those 'idiots' include, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt, all vastly superior to any leader from modern-day Russia including Putin. Sounds to me like the internet FSB posters are at it again.
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by: Putanin from: Lubyanka, mother russia
August 11, 2011 22:08
Great prime sinister,pardon minister putin found also Jack`s bed-bug ridden underpants & promised to give them to top patriot Жыриновсий.On closer inspection they found out that the jar was full of still potent ancient russian samogon vodka.And now molodets tovarish puuteen has promised to find some cans of selyodka and a hang-over cure for russian patriots on his next dive.Full story & exclusive interview on Fox News tonite after midnite
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by: Xosgul from: Kazan
August 12, 2011 08:20
Poor Jack (from USA). The Moscow Times, a Russian source, was the first to suggest it was a photo-op. Not many people actually believe it. Putin does not care. This is not for an international audience. It is staged for domestic consumption. It is funny that you compare your prime minister to a US president. You do realize that Russia also has the office of president? Ha ha ha durak, you show your ignorance. I could care less about Russian politics (because Russians don't care), but the quality of life is not so high in Russia and by all accounts it is getting worse.
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by: Ed from: Langley
August 12, 2011 08:22
CIA? The CIA does not care about Russia. They are insignificant in this world. We try to ensure that their imigrants do not spread their taste for corruption.
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by: Andrey Timeskov from: SPb , Russia
August 13, 2011 18:53

In this time, Svetlana Los ? deputat from KPRF, save 2 bear

by: G from: Pro
August 10, 2011 21:03
Found: New England Patriots' owner Bob Kraft's superbowl ring.
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by: Moderator from: Prague
August 12, 2011 15:46
A number of good suggestions here, but G, you evoked a lot of laughter here in the newsroom with this one. Most of us had forgotten that episode. It's worth revisiting it alone just for this group photo of Kraft, Rupert Murdoch, and Putin!

by: NinaIvanovna from: USA
August 11, 2011 01:28
Vladimir Putin's own thesis.
Dmitry Medvedev's mixed tape of tunes.
Vladislav Surkov's birth certificate.
A nicotine patch for Sergei Lavrov.
Glasses for Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov to see the fires from a helicopter.

by: U.Sam from: US
August 11, 2011 04:41
Dear Jack,
Leave our country.


by: Shay from: Boston
August 11, 2011 12:01
Only dumb brainwashed ignorant Russians could fall for such a stunt. If Putin is so brilliant then why is he so terrified of facing legitimate opposition candidates in free and fair elections? Why has he failed to contain rag-tag Islamic separatists in his own back yard after 12 years of autocratic rule? Why has he failed to diversify the hapless Russian economy away from the volatile oil and gas sector (which thankfully are coming down in price)? Regretfully the dumb Russians will respond positively to this latest stunt and he will be the next president.

by: Jack from: US
August 11, 2011 16:52
you surely knew not to mention George W Bush and B.Hussein Obama in your list of honorable US presidents. Clearly when you have 2 or more retards succeeding each other as presidents you know the nation is in decline
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by: James from: Canada
August 11, 2011 19:14
The USA would have to be in free fall for years before it ever declined to Russia's level. Jack you're a knuckle head or more likely a Russian propagandist.
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by: Anonymous from: USA
August 12, 2011 01:48
I also didn't mention Andrew Johnson, Millard Fillmore, Harding, Hoover, Nixon and many other 'bad' US presidents. We have had good and bad leaders. We also have a system of checks and balances that keep bad leaders from destroying the country. Russia....does not.

by: blankstein from: Canada
August 11, 2011 19:49
Indeed, every nation has the government it deserves.
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by: Pavlo from: Kiev
August 13, 2011 03:59
Yeh, that's why noone knows even Canadian gaverners name. Who cares about Canada and your oppinion?

by: Mrs. Putin from: Wherever they hid me
August 11, 2011 22:21
Found: his hair

by: Chechen from: Norway
August 12, 2011 00:35
Thank you )))

by: Mattijs V from: Belgium
August 12, 2011 12:36
- A recording of Alexander Lebed singing as a Contratenor
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