Putin 'discovers Greek urns' on scuba dive

Russia's hard man Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pulled on a wetsuit and went scuba diving at an ancient Greek Black Sea site in the latest populist stunt preceding next year's elections.

State news reports said he descended just two metres (6.6 feet) and "luckily" discovered two sixth century urns in full presence of the media, because the water was so clear.


Television footage showed two moss-covered vases with ear-like handles sitting neatly next to each other on top of the sandy bottom as Putin swam into view.

"Treasure!" a dripping wet Putin told reporters with a big grin. "They drank it all already," he added when asked if there was anything left in the jars.

Putin a novice only attempting his third scuba dive "came across" the objects during an expedition on the southern Russian coast near Ukraine.(AFP)

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