Watch: Adventure Time With Vladimir Putin

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On July 15th, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a 30-minute submarine ride to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland. But that’s hardly out of the ordinary for him — his adventurous spirit is very often on display, preferably when TV cameras are conveniently in range. In past years, he’s embarked on dozens of adrenaline-pumping missions:

  • Racing in a Formula 1 car
  • Battling a wildfire from an airplane
  • Tranquilizing a polar bear
  • Tranquilizing a whale
  • Taking on black belts in a judo tournament
  • Scoring a goal in professional hockey
  • Discovering ancient Greek pottery while SCUBA diving

Putin is equal parts politician and action hero.