A spokesman for Russian government spokesman admitted that a video that showing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin discovering two ancient vases while scuba diving in the Black Sea was staged. The video is part of a package intended to boost Putin's image in preparation for next year’s presidential elections. “Putin did not find an amphora that had been lying on the bottom for many thousands of years. That is obvious,” said Putin's press secretary, Dmitri S. Peskov. “This is completely normal. It is totally not a pretext for malicious joy and so forth.”
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