Looking back now, it did seem a bit incredible when Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was caught on tape diving into a bay and miraculously discovering sixth-century ceramic jugs. Apparently that’s because the whole scene was staged. Putin’s press secretary revealed today that the precious jugs had previously been unearthed by some archeologists and then replaced in relatively shallow water for the prime minister to find. The press secretary also insisted that, contrary to popular assumption, the perpetuated public persona of a heroic Putin is not the work of a team of PR people and image makers. Instead, the prime minister mostly comes up with these genius gimmicks all on his own.
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