Lake Baikal, photo by sevenbrane (Flickr Creative Commons)

Just soon as the US sent a hot Russian spy back home, an offer to help stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico emerged from the former ‘Evil Empire’.

Russian submarine captain Yevgenii Chernyaev has told the BBC that two unique submersibles from Russia, which are capable of diving 6,000 meters deep, would be able to cap the leak. The subs are currently exploring for gas hydrates in Lake Baikal – the deepest lake in the world – in eastern Siberia.

Anatoly Sagalevich of Russia’s Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, which owns the vessels, said that he had an informal conversation with a BP representative asking if Mirs would be able to help stop the leak.

–BBC News

Read more about this story in this BBC News report, entitled Russian sub ‘could stop oil leak’.

Meanwhile, according to a report in the Guardian, new effort to cap the oil leak in the Gulf began on the weekend, which will hopefully capture more oil.

BP is currently only capturing about 10,000 of the 35,000-60,000 barrels of oil per day from the leaking well.

Despite this shocking statistic, a US appeals court has shot down efforts by the Obama administration to restore the moratorium on offshore deepwater drilling. The President and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar are expected to issue a second moratorium.