RAW: Putin plunges into Black Sea off Crimea to explore ancient shipwreck

Russian President Vladimir Putin took a submersible down to the bottom of the Black Sea on Tuesday to explore a Byzantine ship recently discovered off the coast of Crimea.

Speaking under water by radio, the president said he hoped the trading ship would shed light on Russia’s development and show the country’s deep historical roots.

The event was part of the celebration of the 170th anniversary of the Russian Geographical Society near the Crimean city of Yalta.(Video:

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