Uncle Putin is making good on his pledge to own Santa's land for himself. Russia is launching an underwater expedition to the North Pole in order to back up its claim to a massive section of the Arctic, which may contain vast energy reserves. "The Arctic is ours and we should demonstrate our presence," said a Russian parliamentarian and explorer who will participate in the flag-planting expedition.
The team aboard the mini-submarine Mir is expected to carry out scientific experiments and measurements on the sea bed.
Reports say it will also leave behind a Russian flag and a capsule with a message for future generations.
"The Arctic is ours and we should demonstrate our presence," Mr Chilingarov told Russian TV.
His colleague and fellow parliamentarian Vladimir Gruzdev was quoted as saying: "We must remind the whold world that Russia is a great polar and scientific power." I just hope the polar bears don't mind eating caviar.