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PHOTOS: The Adventures of Vladimir Putin

July 17, 2013 08:02 IST

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is known for his penchant for adventurous stunts, dived to the bottom of the Baltic Sea aboard a submersible to explore the wreck of a ship that sank in 1869, for his latest adventurous stunt.

The 60-year-old president apparently wants to present an action-man image in his third term at the Kremlin.

Putin was snapped riding a small submersible craft 200ft (60 metres) down the Gulf of Finland to see the remains of the naval frigate Oleg.

After around half an hour, a smiling Putin reappeared and admired the work of the Russian Geographic Society, which have been studying the sunken vessel.

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Image: Russia's President Vladimir Putin is seen through the glass of C-Explorer 5 submersible after a dive to see the remains of the naval frigate "Oleg", which sank in the 19th century, in the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea July 15
Photographs: Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters

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Putin (top) takes part in a judo training session at the Moscow sports complex in St Petersburg

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Photographs: Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool/Reuters

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Putin test drives a Renault Formula One team car at a racing track near Leningrad

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Photographs: Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Pool/Reuters

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Putin drives a snowmobile at Russia's ski resort Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi in southern Russia

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Photographs: Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters

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Putin rides with motorcycle enthusiasts during his visit to a bike festival in the southern Russian city of Novorossiisk

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Photographs: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Reuters

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Putin takes part in a training session for young ice hockey players before the start of the Golden Puck youth tournament finals in Moscow

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Photographs: Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Pool/Reuters

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Putin takes part in an expedition to Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Preserve to inspect the snow leopard's habitat in Tyva Republic in the Siberian Federal District

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Photographs: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Reuters

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Putin holds a five-year-old tiger's head as he looks at a collar with a satellite tracker on the animal in the academy of sciences Ussuri reserve in Russia's Far East

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Photographs: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Reuters

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Putin fires darts with a crossbow at an endangered grey whale from a motorboat in Olga Bay in the Sea of Japan. Putin hit the whale with the darts designed to take skin samples while participating in a whale research study with members of the Kronotsky Biosphere Reserve off Russia's Far Eastern coast

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Putin demonstrates the catch as he takes part in an expedition to Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Preserve to inspect the snow leopard's habitat in Tyva Republic in the Siberian Federal District

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Putin swims in a lake in southern Siberia's Tuva region

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Putin rides a Harley Davidson Lehman Trike as he arrives for a meeting with motorbikers at their camp near Sevastopol in Ukraine's Crimea

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Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

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Putin takes aim with a model assault rifle at an electronic shooting range during his visit to a research facility of national railway company "Russian Railways" in Moscow

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Photographs: Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool/Reuters

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Putin stands with a gun at a shooting gallery of the new GRU military intelligence headquarters building as he visits it in Moscow

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Photographs: Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool/Reuters

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Putin flies in a motorized deltaplane at Yamalo-Nenets district

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Putin rides a horse during his working visit to the Siberian Khakasiya region near Karatash settlement outside the city of Abakan

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Photographs: Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool/Reuters

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Putin climbs on a climbing wall during his visit to the summer camp of the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi at lake Seliger, some 400km (248miles) north of Moscow

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Photographs: Mikhail Metzel/Pool/Reuters

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Putin, wearing headphones, sits in the cockpit of a firefighting plane in Ryazan region. The plane later dropped water on a blaze southeast of Moscow

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Photographs: Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Reuters

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Putin rides a horse in southern Siberia's Tuva region

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Photographs: Alexei Druzhinin/Ria Novosti/Reuters

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