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Russian Santa Claus Prefers Christmas to Presidency, Pension

Russian Santa Claus Prefers Christmas to Presidency, Pension

Tuesday, 19 December, 2017 - 06:30
Russia's Santa Claus. (Reuters)

The Russian Santa Claus has refused to leave his magical Christmas world despite the temptations that surround him.

He rejected his pension, but not just because accepting this money will make him a normal person and deprive children from their dreams about the kind white-beard and red-costumed man, who is loaded with happiness, hope and gifts.

And because the Russian Santa still has confidence in his energy and vigor, he rejected the pension so people don’t say that he “became old” and cannot accomplish his missions.

In Russia, Santa Claus is Known as “Ded Moroz”, or “Grandfather Frost.” He lives in the city of “Veliky Ustyug” located in the Russian parts of the snowy North Pole.

As part of his tour of Russian cities, Ded Moroz held a press conference in Moscow at the TASS news agency after he visited its headquarters and wished its employees and journalists a merry Christmas.

Answering the questions of journalists, who tried to determine whether he was a normal person or a “guest from the magical world”, Ded Moroz replied that employees from the pension department visited him in his house and brought him documents of his monthly retirement pension, but he refused it.

With a smile on his face, he added that “I still have the power and energy”, but refused to reveal his real age, and insisted on staying in his own world.

Santa’s press conference coincided with the inauguration of electoral campaigns for the presidential elections in Russia.

However, he said that his tasks and mission are much more important than the presidency.

He said: “I’m not sure if the Russian President can be Santa Claus. I therefore believe that my role is much more valuable.”

This position did not prevent him from bringing a gift for the president, but he did not reveal what it was.

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