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Brown bear comes to vote at a polling station in Western Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
01 July 2020

Stressed 3-month-old Glafira pulled by handler to sit down by the ballots and pose for photographers in Barnaul.

Glafira the bear cub was found in the Altai mountains by the village of Ongudai. Picture: AMIC

The orphaned cub, adopted in April by Lesnaya Skazka Zoo became a star of the polling station organised at 42 Barnaul secondary school. 

Her handler and zoo keeper Alexander Chenotaryev said the Zoo was asked to bring the animal a night before the final day of voting on constitutional amendments in Russia.

‘We received a call last night and were asked to come’, he says in a video filmed inside a car on the way to the station. 

The bear is filmed next to him looking visibly stressed as she sucks Alexander’s fingers and arms. 

Little Glafira, or Glasha, performed in front of several waiting photographers as she sat at the chair by the voting table, grabbed a bottle with a sanitiser and then smashed down a pack of papers. 

Today was Russia’s main voting day on constitutional amendments, which might see Vladimir Putin staying in power for 16 more years.

Glafira the bear cub was found in the Altai mountains by the village of Ongudai. 

It is not clear what happened to her mother.

Comments (1)

Now it's clear which young bear won the territorial power fight, it was the Russian one of course!!!

Then a darling little orphaned star Glafira obviously brought President Vladimir Putin heaps of bear hugs and good luck because he won the Constitutional Amendments making him not only Russian's star...

But a global one; for being the only president ever in history to remain in power for 24 years; it's unbeatable! Bless her little soul, she should be nicknamed Glafira Putina!
Anonymous, Switzerland
03/07/2020 02:36
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