A bodybuilder and aspiring politician made headlines by posing toppless for campaign shots
A candidate for the city council of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far-East has become a local internet sensation after using a semi-naked picture of himself on campaign adverts. Due to his athletic physique, some online commentators compared Andrey Fesik to ‘GigaChad,’ a popular internet meme, representing an ultra-masculine male.
Fesik’s leap to fame came earlier this month when a poster prepared for his campaign was uploaded online. It featured a topless photo of the muscled candidate and a slogan promising that the city is going to be in firm hands if he’s elected on September 11.
The 35-year-old bodybuilder, who’s employed as a trainer at a local gym, is running for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR).
The party, which is often described as ultra-nationalist and populist, currently holds 21 seats in the Russian parliament. The LDPR has been around since the early 1990s, and was led by Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who passed away earlier this year due to complications from Covid-19.
News from DurkaStan ⚡️ Bodybuilder Andrey “Strong business executive” Fesik leaned into the deputies of Vladivostok from the Liberal Democratic Party. pic.twitter.com/bgMWzdAFP3
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