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Because there is a lot of highly-strung passion in this and the Ukraine Crisis thread, I thought we could all benefit from some light-hearted news of a decidedly non-political theme. So a thread for amusing stories from Russia and Ukraine might just be the ticket for a laugh and relieving some stress. So here's the first article for today:

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A stray cat got its paws on a gourmet feast courtesy of an airport delicatessen, after managing to get inside the fish counter, it's reported.

The tabby was filmed by staff at Vladivostok airport, in eastern Russia, helping itself to marine delicacies including squid and dried octopus, the PrimaMedia.ru news website reports. The cat was seen scrabbling at packaging and happily munching away on the contents. It was a costly break-in for the store's owner, who had to bin the entire contents of the fish counter, worth about 60,000 roubles ($1,000; 660). Nobody knows how the cat managed to get into the store, although according to airport staff it's a local stray and sometimes wanders into the airport.
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Wait, One grand is a costly loss in the food market? Really?

I used to toss that out on a monthly basis when I managed a taco hell. (Back in the dawn of time...) Before I learned how to provide for myself...
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Wait, One grand is a costly loss in the food market? Really?

I used to toss that out on a monthly basis when I managed a taco hell. (Back in the dawn of time...) Before I learned how to provide for myself...
At first I was surprised too - but then I realized the reason was simple: health and safety. The owner had to throw out ALL the fish in the container that might have been contaminated, not just what was actually nibbled on by the cat.
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Yeah, chunking a grand seems remarkably low. A local 'ready-to-go' pizza place often drops off a few hundred bucks worth of leftover pizza at our PD at closing time. The local grocery stores keep pig farms in business with the past-due produce they dump.
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A Christmas tree decorated with foreign food treats which are subject to a Russian import ban has been stripped bare, it's been reported.

Spanish mandarins, Polish apples and delicacies including prosciutto and foie gras were turned into Christmas ornaments by staff from the Russky Pioner magazine, and hung on a tree in Moscow's GUM department store. But now its tasty decorations have been stolen. "We found the tree almost bare," says editor-in-chief Andrey Kolesnikov on the magazine's website. "We gave the best of what we still had to our Christmas tree," he says, describing the theft as "cruel" and "barbaric".
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I think its' a scaling of money error. Sure its not 10 grand?
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I think its' a scaling of money error. Sure its not 10 grand?
No, it's about 1 grand. For this money, you can get like 200 set meals (main and soup) with a glass of wine in a cheap but decent Italian restaurant, 1000 espresso coffee cups from a street kiosk, 2100 subway rides, 200 kilos of beef, 600 kilos of good tomatoes, 90 kilos of salmon, 200 cinema tickets, etc.
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President Alexander Lukashenko has run Belarus virtually unchallenged for 20 years, but he may face a formidable opponent at next year's elections - a wizard like Gandalf.

"Gandalf for President!" is the campaign slogan of the Belarus, My Country opposition group, which has a 50,000-strong online following, Radio Liberty's Belarusian service reports. The organisers know the wizard from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit novels doesn't qualify for election, so they're seeking a local candidate with similar qualities of wisdom and leadership. "It's a cushy job," they promise, adding that they've chosen the character because he's "a good wizard and a friend to the Hobbits, who as we know are like Belarusians" - an apparent reference to a study which suggested Belarus had a "Shire-like climate".

The group took its cue from the unsuccessful campaign by a "Darth Vader" presidential candidate in Ukraine, but the stakes are higher in authoritarian Belarus.
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Okay, it's Belarus and not Russia, but it seems more relevant to this thread than sticking it in its own.
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No, it's about 1 grand. For this money, you can get like 200 set meals (main and soup) with a glass of wine in a cheap but decent Italian restaurant, 1000 espresso coffee cups from a street kiosk, 2100 subway rides, 200 kilos of beef, 600 kilos of good tomatoes, 90 kilos of salmon, 200 cinema tickets, etc.
60k rubles is not 1k dollars. Oh I guess it is. Man Russia is seeming to be more of a tourist hot spot by the day...

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Tax collectors in Russia have stumbled across a new way of getting people to pay their debts - by threatening to take away their cats, it's been reported.

State collectors in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk recently succeeded in getting a resident to pay 12,000 roubles ($198; 127) he owed in unpaid taxes after threatening to seize his expensive pedigree cat, Interfax news agency reports. When bailiffs arrived at the student's flat, they initially found nothing of value worth seizing - that is until they spied the British Shorthair cat he was holding and three of its kittens running around the place. "Because the animals are pedigree and expensive, the representative of the law decided to place the cat brood under arrest", Interfax quotes a statement from the region's court marshal's service.
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Just execute the cat and make the world a better place.
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The Russian media are full of financial experts trying to explain the sharp fall in the rouble exchange rate, but one pro-Kremlin channel is predicting better times ahead - with the help of a top astrologer.

Pavel Globa, whose public career of sometimes wayward political predictions dates back to the Soviet era, tells LifeNews TV viewers that the rouble won't fall below 100 to the euro and the economy will recover by 2017. "We won't see a default in 2015, although next year won't be easy for us," he says, while repeatedly pointing out that he is "no expert on exchange rates". Mr Globa has made something of a comeback in pro-government media this year because of his 2009 prediction that Ukraine would disintegrate into three separate states.
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