Lilian Min
December 16, 2015 11:52 am

Cats, as we all know, are fiendishly smart critters and basically rule our lives already. So it’s honestly not with that much surprise that today we learned that a cat is running for mayor in Siberia. Yes, every part of that sentence is true, and Barsik, the cat in question, is seeking office for a really pawsitive reason.

According to BuzzFeed, Barsik is a resident of Barnaul, a city in Russia’s Siberia. The city’s previous mayor stepped down due to corruption charges, and an election for a new mayor is being held on Christmas Day . . . a purrfect day for cat dreams to come true.

Barsik’s owner/campaign manager, whose only ID is his username in a local online organizing community, explained that Barsik’s campaign is about unpredictability. Barnaul’s previous elections played out predictably, suspiciously so, and Barsik’s campaign is throwing a wrench in local politics. He’s actually pouncing every other opponent in the field; a poll conducted by a popular Russian website has him with 91.6% (!!!) of the votes. Barsik’s popularity isn’t just limited to his human fans: Just look at how many of his small furry peers are also putting their paws up for him:

Now, chances are that there’s probably a local law in Siberia shutting down Barsik’s campaign. It’s not as though animals have ever run for office and won . . . right?

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