Governor of Russia’s remote & frozen far-eastern peninsula of Kamchatka plans to lift local mood with ‘Ministry of Happiness’

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Solodov received 80.51 percent of the votes in this September’s election. He’d previously been the head of the government of the Yakutia Republic and, before that, had been in charge of social and economic policy in the Far Eastern Federal District.

In another of his reforms since arriving in Kamchatka, Solodov cancelled the construction of a wine cellar in the local parliament building, after spotting the plan in the budget for the building’s renovation. Instead, he ordered the funds to be used to celebrate the anniversary of the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

All together now: “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof/ Because I’m happy/ Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth/ Because I’m happy.”

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