Now Putin's an Archaeologist, Too?

Judo expert/whale hunter Putin discovers ancient artifacts in Black Sea
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2011 9:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Move over, Chuck Norris. Hang up that whip, Indiana Jones. There's a new hero in town, and his name is Vladimir Putin. Yes, the Russian prime minister is not only a judo expert, artist, whale hunter, and muscle-bound fisherman, he is also a great and successful archaeologist, who, while the cameras were rolling, discovered two Greeks urns while scuba diving in the Black Sea yesterday, reports the New York Times.

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Yes, it's just another day in the life for Putin. According to Russian broadcaster RIA Novosti, the prime minister was diving there to draw attention to the ancient city of Phanagoria, sometimes called the Russian Atlantis. “Can I take it?” Mr. Putin reportedly asked, after pulling out the somewhat damaged, reportedly ancient artifacts (which the Times humorously notes were peeking out from the bottom at "photographically appealing angles"). “It might be useful in my household.” (Read more Vladimir Putin stories.)

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