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Cuddly Russian Mascots in trouble

Allegations of plagiarism, high-level political meddling and sheer poor taste on Sunday marred Russia’s choice of three furry mascots to represent the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Russians chose three mascots — a cute snow leopard, polar bear and hare — by popular vote in a seemingly innocent television show late Saturday that aimed to choose a people’s mascot.

Eyebrows were first raised when the initial favourite to win the most votes — a portrayal of Russian Father Christmas Ded Moroz — was rather undemocratically ditched from the competition by the organisers.

Then the most votes went easily to the mascot which strongman Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had declared his favourite — the “strong, fast and beautiful” snow leopard.

Prominent political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin told Moscow Echo radio that it was possible some none too cuddly tricks engineered the result through a rigging of the telephone system.

“Just after Vladimir Putin showed his sympathy for the leopard, its votes climbed sharply,” he said.

Read more here: Cuddly Russian Mascots in trouble

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2 responses

  1. That said, regardless of democracy, the snow leopard is the best choice anyway.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

  2. Dustykat

    Putin is a furry…

    March 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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