If President Vladimir Putin has his way, Russia will take over operations at the north poll. Their fearless leader has set his sights on the region's diamond deposits and vast stores of oil.
According to England's Daily Mail, "[Putin's] scientists claim an underwater ridge near the North Pole is really part of Russia's continental shelf." The triangle shaped region in question is "five times the size of Britain with twice as much oil as Saudi Arabia."
This is like claiming ownership of a neighbor's home, because roads, pipes or wires connect it to your own place.
But when you're the ruler of a corrupt, wealthy nation with an imperialistic itch... right and wrong - my place or yours becomes...well... a pleasant shade of gray. (And this happy guy - pictured above - surely isn't the only world leader who fits that bill.)
A glance at Putin will tell you the man's serious... Heck, when he's happy, he looks like a kid who just watched his mother get run over by a garbage truck. Wonder if he'd ever try out for the World Series of Poker?