The Russian prime minister's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has conceded in a television interview that the amphorae that Mr Putin found in his Black Sea dive in August had been planted for him to find by archaeologists
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"Look, Putin didn't just find the jugs that had lain down there for many thousands of years on the day. It's obvious. Of course, they were found in the course of the expedition several days or weeks earlier," Dmitry Peskov admitted on Russian television.
The disclosure is totally at odds with how the episode was presented to the Russian public on state TV.
State TV broadcast images of a wetsuit-clad Mr Putin emerging from the sea clutching the remains of the two ancient vessels (that were once used to store wine or olive oil). "Treasure!," Mr Putin said with a big smile, quipping that there was nothing left to drink in the artefacts.
The 'find' was presented as the latest in a long line of remarkable feats by Mr Putin, shoring up his image as an energetic action man who is successful in everything he does.
Courtesy The Sydney Morning Herald
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