Black man runs for governor in Russia for the first time in history
37 year-old Joakim Krema from Guinea-Bissau has announced a desire to run for the head of one of the districts of Volgograd region. The senior of the Russian Pedagogic University moved to Volgograd 12 years ago.
Krema lives in the Sredneakhtubinsk district of Volgograd region, Southern Russia, and considers himself Russian. He always introduces himself as Vasily Ivanovich, using the Russian honorific of a Patronymic name. He took this name in honor of the famous Red Army commander during the Russian Civil War, Vasily Ivanovich Chapayev.
Russian newspapers have already nicknamed him “Volgograd’s Obama”.
Krema has promised to the citizens of Sredneakhtubinsk that he will toil like a Negro for the prosperity of the district.
Now the prospective governor is selling watermelons at the Volgograd-Akhtubinsk route, not far from the billboards with his picture and the inscription “Vasily Krima. The new head of the district”.
According to the report, Volgograd’s citizens consider that Krima’s nomination is an advantage to the current head of Sredneakhtubinsk Vladimir Romanov. They think that Romanov wants to look much more impressive against Krima’s background. The candidates have not yet commented on this.
Elections will take place on October 11, 2009.