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Siberian city wants a cat to run for mayor

By T.K. Randall
December 16, 2015 · Comment icon 17 comments

It isn't clear what the cat's political ambitions actually are. Image Credit:
Residents in Barnaul have become so fed up with politicians that they've resorted to voting for a cat.
The bizarre turn of events came about after an unofficial online poll run by a social media website resulted in 91 percent of the votes being cast in favor of an 18-month-old cat named Barsik.

The peculiar outcome is thought to be the result of growing public dissatisfaction with the political system following a string of high-profile corruption cases in the region.

"People don't know who to trust any more," said Yevgeny Kuznetsov, a pensioner who lives in the area. "They have come to the conclusion that they can't trust the authorities."
Officials from the country's current opposition parties have welcomed the cat with open arms and consider the result to be a form of protest against the way regional politics has been run.

"Barsik is planning to outline his position on the pressing political issues of our region," said the administrator of the social media site responsible for the poll.

"It could also boost the city's tourism industry. Like it or not, Barsik is part of the political establishment of the region and he will not give up on his political ambitions."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by GreenmansGod 9 years ago
A town in California elected a dog. He made a such a great mayor they built a statue of him and have a bar named after him. RIP Bosco, good dog.
Comment icon #9 Posted by EBE Hybrid 9 years ago
Comment icon #10 Posted by EBE Hybrid 9 years ago
Nice one GreemansGod, I shall definately add visiting Sunol to my to do list, it sounds like a cool place
Comment icon #11 Posted by bubblykiss 9 years ago
Meh He'll soon turn his official residence into a cathouse, same as all the rest. Those fat cats always seek greater levels of luxury
Comment icon #12 Posted by davros of skaro 9 years ago
I'm voting for Trumpy Cat.
Comment icon #13 Posted by moon tide 9 years ago
Just give the cat Putin's job and be done with it.
Comment icon #14 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
Oh great, a cat mayor whose orders make no sense. "Purrr, Meow, Meow, Purrr." And it sleeps all day, getting nothing done. Oh wait, that's what we have now.
Comment icon #15 Posted by spidey2 9 years ago
It's a mayor cat. Vote
Comment icon #16 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
It means a mouse on every table, every kitten in school, a hunting job for everybody and a house with litterbox and electricity for every family. This can be achieved through unity. Unity strengthens us. Division weakens us. N Modi
Comment icon #17 Posted by nothinglizx2 9 years ago
Thats interesting that they want to do that, however, all of the residents would just be putting a lot of pressure on a cat to fulfill their needs, they just want a way of getting their needs met. Cause the cat can't drop the gavel to begin or end town hall meetings. Oh thats sweet, you'll do it for the cat. Ya'll need to establish some grounds of trust and either find someone in your city you can trust the most or find someone outside of your city to run your city.

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