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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's Black Sea archaeological find this summer was staged, his spokesman disclosed Wednesday.
Dmitry Peskov said it was obvious his boss had help discovering the two ancient Greek jugs he pulled from the watery depths in August, The Moscow Times reported.
"I was on vacation, and I could not think this up," Peskov said.
Peskov's assertion that archaeologists had put the amphorae where the Russian prime minister could find them drew a rebuke from Vladimir Kuznetsov, who led the archaeological team Putin visited.
"I did not order anyone to put amphorae there … and no member of my expedition made such an initiative," he told the BBC.