May 01, 2021

News Notes

News Notes

After overseeing a constitutional change that effectively reset the count of how many terms he has served, Russian President Vladimir Putin can now legally run twice more for president. The Russian parliament definitively approved legislation – part of its whirlwind constitutional package – that gives Putin another 12 years of potential presidency after 2024. If he stays in office until 2036, he will be 84.

The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg has initiated a cat labor union that could protect the rights of cats in the city’s museums. Cats of the Hermitage is already a museum brand, and a symbol of the city (and they of course have their own Instagram account: @hermitagecats).

The city is conducting a census of all “cultural cats” to identify those living in other museums and libraries in St. Petersburg, hoping to spread the city’s affinity for cats to the rest of Russia. The census is being co-organized by the Republic of Cats, a beloved “cat cafe” that serves coffee while encouraging visitors to adopt one of its many cats.

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