In 2001 Russia made a claim to the land under the North Pole and to
any mineral deposits there. On October 16, 2007 two mini-subs
descended 2.5 miles to the bottom, where one symbolically dropped a
titanium capsule containing a Russian flag. Russia issued a set of
stamp marking the expedition to plany a Russian flag on the sea bed
under the North Pole.
The Russian acknlowledge that planting the flag was a purely symbolic
act. "It means nothing" from a legal standpoint, Viktor Posyolov,
deputy director of Russia's Institute of World Ocean Geology and
Mineral Resources, told the Associated Press several days before the
One stamp shows a mini-sub. The other has a map of the Arctic with the
Russian flag on the North Pole. The non-postal tab shows the research
ship, Akademik Fedorov.