Aug 5, 2009
Is yahoo making up news now? These details are too weird. Here we go:
According to YahooNews, Joaquim Crima, a 37-year-old native of Guinea Bissau who settled in southern Russia after earning a degree at a local university is running for office in Srednyaya Akhtuba. He of course has been dubbed "The Russian Obama." Except, instead of winning his election, he will most probably lose.
Reasons he'll lose? Well experts say he lacks political capital and the connections. Others site Russia's rampant racism and the death of an African exchange student in the region last December. And one local resident says, "He hasn't lived all of our issues and he didn't grow up around us; he's not a kolkhoznik."
But Crima is moving forward with the campaign all the same. Recently he put up billboards that read "I will toil like a Negro" — a phrase Russians use to mean they will work hard. Fortunately, I could not find photos of said new billboards. Although, it seems from the billboard I did find, that he is running under the name Vasily Crima. I guess to show that he is one of the people.