SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileThe Siberian city of 650,000 people, which lies 2,900 kilometres (1,800 miles) east of Moscow, is to get a new mayor next week. A commission made up of the city council and the regional governor are to choose the next city manager from among six candidates.Barsik the cat (centre) and his mayoral opponents. Nearly 92 per cent of Barnaul residents who Buy Women Canada Goose Montebello Parka Brown Ireland answered an unofficial poll about their voting intentions said they would vote for the cat. (Altai Online)But none of the six appear to spark much affection among Barnaul's residents. An informal online poll asking residents to express their preferences among the six and a cat named Barsik showed the feline nabbing more than 90 per cent of the vote.Barsik has attracted much amused attention in the Russian news media. Still, some local politicians understand there's a more serious message coming from the people of Barnaul, which like many Russian cities has been riddled with alleged corruption."Through the image of Barsik the cat, our people are sending definite wishes to the future head of Barnaul," says regional Gov. Alexander Karlin. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

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