Porn star to stand against Putin in next election

Porn star to stand against Putin in next election

Over the last year or so, politics has got a little bit... odd. Britain decided it didn't want to be part of the EU anymore (but still hasn't properly left yet), Australia is currently deciding one of its most important human rights issues in history via a postal vote, and the president of the USA is an ex-reality TV star.

And if you think that's strange, it's about to get a whole lot weirder.

Elena Berkova, an ex-porn star from the city of Murmansk, Russia, has announced that she will be standing against Vladimir Putin in the upcoming presidential elections next year.

Berkova, a mother of two, announced her plans to run for president via Instagram earlier today.

During the short clip, in which the 32-year-old is dressed in lacy underwear and stockings, Berkova explains that:

"I made this decision recently, because women are actively taking part in the presidential campaign. Some of them are from show business, I ran for mayor of Sochi and took have taken part in politics, so I decided to run for the President of Russia."

She then goes on to outline a few policies she'd like to introduce.

"I plan to make divorces almost impossible for men, as these days women bear almost all the responsibility for children," she says, bringing light to the often-ignored issue of women's rights in Russia.

"I plan to introduce sexual and legal education in schools. And to introduce a mandatory sex exam," she adds, as she has noticed that, "Often our youth still do not know about sexual legal norms, hygiene, not to mention pleasure."

She also wants to make it an offence to wear a skirt longer than 40cm.

This is not the ex-porn star's first foray into the political realm, either.

Previously, in 2009, Berkova said she was going to run for the position of mayor of Sochi. She released a campaign reel outlining her platform, but never formally registered as a candidate, and was thus unsuccessful in her endeavour.

This does not seem to have deterred her, though, and she made sure to address current issues in her post to her 639,000 Instagram followers, including sexual harassment. Her views on this issue were very clear, and she stated that she would want the death penalty for those who commit sexual abuse - citing Harvey Weinstein as one example of somebody who was guilty of the crime.

Something which Berkova did not mention, however, is that the president of the Russian Federation is required, by law, to be at least 35 years of age - three years older than she is.

Still, allowing somebody slightly younger into power wouldn't be too far out of the norm, considering that Putin has been known for introducing controversial laws and regulations in the past.

Putin himself has been president since 2012, and previously held the title between 2000 and 2008. If Berkova does stand against him, she will be the fourth female candidate ever to run for the position - and the first porn star.

That part of Berkova's career is long behind her, though, as she only starred in about 20 films way back in the early 2000s. Her last known film came out in 2004, but she became better known for her starring role on a popular reality show during the same year.

So far, her Instagram post has received mixed responses - but only time will tell how suited she is to the role.