Why are Siberians (Russians) not happy at this Christmas time? And why would they want to elect a cat as mayor? I found this article in the Guardian newspaper that publishes in the United Kingdom. paula
Protesting Misfired Russian Missiles!
If you lived in the city of Barnul, Siberia, you would not have the Christmas spirit if you were afraid of a Russian missile landing in your back yard and probably blowing you up as well! That is one problem, but there is also corruption and officials that like to hire family members, etc. Enter, Barsik, the cat. He has been chosen by the people to take on the job of mayor. Well, if you can’t communicate with a human mayor, why not elect a cat. This information was done by a popular poll and Barsik, the cool cat is well ahead of any human competition. I’m also thinking that he would not need much money to satisfy his needs like a human mayor! LOL.
Cruise missile lands in Russian village after test launch goes astray
Who is This Cat?
According to the newspaper, he is 18 months old and he has won 91% of the votes.
The poll, launched earlier this month by the Altai Online page on Russian social network Vk, has become the talk of the town in the city of 700,000 people located some 2,250 miles (3,600km) east of Moscow.
Pensioner Speaks Out!
It didn’t surprise me to read that a pensioner spoke out, often seniors have nothing to loose!
“People don’t know who to trust any more,” local pensioner Yevgeny Kuznetsov said, explaining Barsik’s popularity. “They have come to the conclusion that they can’t trust the authorities.”
Barnaul, a city close to the picturesque Altai mountains, has been rocked by a series of high-profile corruption cases. There will be a commission to investigate the last mayor who resigned last August. He was elected in 2010 and evidently sold off municipal land to organizations and family members. People reckon it has cost the city about 11 million rubles ($US 157,000, 144,000 euros). It seems that corruption runs in the family as his son, Maxim, is awing trail on fraud and embezzlement charges after having fled to Thailand, according to local media reports.
“Altai Farmer” (Russian media site) has launched a crowd-funding initiative to raise a billboard in the city centre depicting the feline candidate with the slogan “Only mice don’t vote for Barsik!”He said the initiative had so far collected 1,400 rubles (£13.20, US$20).
I wish Barsik a victory with special cat meat and treats for Christmas!