Russia picks Census 2010 mascot.
(click images) The winner of the just concluded contest (L): "ridiculous smiling boy with a friendly waving his little hand." Created by Olga Belyaeva of Yaroslavl, according to adme.ru. Much better/stranger was the runner-up snail creature (R) designed by Anna Dziuba from Perm. Olga received 30,000 rubles while Anna got 20,000. See all the entries here. I would have entered this image. Or a shot of Putin gouging the eyes out of a bear with a pen.
Previously in insane Russia: (nsfw) "The Last Exorcism" promoted with orgasming women • Britney Spears helps Russian women learn English • Racist ice cream ad featuring Barack Obama • the most insane TV spot ever produced? • Moscow Messiah Cat will save you.