And incredibly Vasiliy Dmitrienko, 69, from far-Eastern Russian Khabarovsk Krai region was still given the backing of his party who said that wherever his ideas were coming from, they were clearly good ideas for the region.
Dmitrienko was running for a seat in Russia’s parliamentary elections that were held last Sunday on 18th September during which he represented opposition liberal-democratic party “Yabloko” which supports democratic values and opposes Putin’s politics.
He became an online Internet celebrity after his promotional clip was aired on local television and was shared online.
It shows Vasiliy Dmitrienko, a grey-haired man in glasses in his late sixties making what seems at first to be a rather boring speech.
He says: “Let’s unite our efforts to develop the region. We will solve every problems with a new parliament”
But then he suddenly changes tack saying: “The fundamental difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m a specialist in providing telepathic video communications between all living beings on Earth and a higher intelligence.”
His claim was quickly reposted by a number of Russian media outlets.
Apparently, Yabloko party officials do not see any harm in having such a “talented” candidate among party members.
Igor Khovanskiy, chief of the regional branch of the Yabloko party said: “I do not think that clips like this could harm the party’s reputation. He decided to build his election campaign this way to attract more supporters. I think this is a PR-stunt if you will. He is very adequate if we will not be taking into account his words about telepathy”.
The results of the election will only be known on Friday, although pollsters predict that the last-minute bid for votes did not translate into approval at the ballot box.
Internet user ‘Aleksandr Brodskiy’, referring to the candidate and implying he might be having drug-induced hallucinations, said: “Can you give me the number of your drug dealer, please?”
Another internet user, ‘alaricy2’, said: “He should run for President.”
‘Maria Gamova’ said on social media: “This is the coolest election promotional clip I ever saw!”
Amused ‘Farida Ibragimova’ posted went online to say: “This way I learned that elections can also be hilarious.”