Russian President Vladimir Putin hopped into a bathyscaphe to dive 50 meters deep underwater and pay tribute to the crew of a Soviet submarine, which mysteriously disappeared in the Baltic Sea during WWII while fighting the Nazis.
Known for his love of exploring nature’s depths and heights, Putin on Saturday embarked on a deep-sea mission on board the submersible C-Explorer 3.11.
This time, however, the president’s adventure had a somber tone, as the mission’s target – the wreckage of the Soviet Navy submarine ShCh-308 Syomga (‘Atlantic Salmon’) – had become a mass grave for the vessel’s crew while returning to their base near St. Petersburg during World War II.
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