Further evidence that we live in a pulp fiction novel:
Russia is sending a mini-submarine to explore the ocean floor below the North Pole and find evidence to support its claims to Arctic territory.
Two parliamentarians, including veteran explorer Artur Chilingarov, are part of a team planning to dive 4,200m (14,000ft) below the Arctic Ocean on Sunday….
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.
According to the BBC's report, the Law of the Sea Treaty allows states to extend their aquatic claims when "the structure of the continental shelf is similar to the geological structure within its territory." The sub crew hopes to prove the underwater Lomonosov Ridge fits the bill, thus allowing Russia to claim the ocean's oil, gas, and mineral reserves. But if Moscow wants to take the pole, it will have to contend with more than mere international law. Just wait til Santa's elfin mujahideen turn the Arctic into Putin's Afghanistan…