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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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