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Two Russian mini-subs have made a test dive to the floor of the Arctic Ocean near Russia's most northerly islands.
The subs reached a depth of 1.3km (0.8 miles) at a point 87km north of the Franz Josef Land archipelago.
The dives were a trial run ahead of a planned descent later this week to leave the Russian flag on the seabed 4km below the North Pole.
Russian subs near Arctic target
Submarines accompanying a Russian naval mission aimed at boosting Moscow's claim to Arctic territory are shortly expected to dive below the North Pole.
The two Mir submarines plan to dive to the ocean floor, 4,200m (14,000ft) below the pole, to carry out tests and plant a capsule with a Russian flag.
A Russian official said the "risky and heroic" mission was comparable to "putting a flag on the Moon".
Originally posted by damajikninja
So now what, does Russia own the North Pole?