Russia embracing pussystroika

As news that Russia’s recent embargo against the EU agricultural products excluded the liquid gold that is Spanish olive oil from the embargo list, there are further signs that a rapprochement over the Russia – Ukraine conflict is on the cards.

Not only have Russia, the Ukraine and the EU intimated that they will meet for tri-lateral talks next month on Gazprom’s decision to cut off the natural gas pipeline that runs from Russia to Western Europe via Ukraine, but news reaches us today that one of Russia’s largest banks Sberbank have come up with a user friendly way to encourage Russian home buyers to take out a mortgage, by loaning them a pussy cat. 

Cats have long been regarded as a symbol of good luck in Russia and Sberbank are taking full advantage of the happy coincidence.

Russian website TJournal claims that the bank says that every new mortgage customer can choose the cat they want from a choice of 10 different breeds, and the lucky moggy will be delivered in time for their housewarming party.

The bank features a video showing the happy clients receiving their cats delivered by vans adorned with cat logos.

Unfortunately customers won’t be able to keep their families favourite feline. The terms of the mortgage offer say that the pussy cat is only available so that it can be the first to cross the threshold of the property – many Russians say a cat is sign of good luck to those moving into a new home. New home owners have up to two hours to induce/gently persuade the cat to darken their doorstep.


Those clever coves at Sberbank have even made a video to encourage cat loving mortgage seekers to sign on the dotted line.


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