Politician strips off in snow to urge people to ‘toughen up’ – but stunt backfires


A politician’s bid to urge people to get fit by lying in snow in a bikini has backfired – with people accusing her of “shaming” her city.

Anna Tereshkova, 52, was filmed performing some “snow angels” in the skimpy outfit in Novosibirsk, Russia, in freezing -20C temperatures.

“This is Siberia! Minus 20, what a beauty” she posted on Instagram in a video showing her wiping herself with snow.

The vice-mayor of the city then encouraged fellow Russians to “bathe in the snow” as it is the “best way of toughening up”.

“We must use the advantages of Siberia,” she continued.

“Strong and healthy people have always lived here.

Anna Tereshkova making a snow angel in her bikini
Anna Tereshkova making a snow angel in her bikini

“Siberians also strengthen their health – they ski and skate even at minus 20C or colder.”

But the brazen stunt hasn’t quite had the reception intended.

Voters have flooded the Instagram post with negative comments calling the scenes “disgusting”.

“Very strange camera angle,” one viewer wrote.

“Such videos do not correspond to your status as a politician at all.

“Ashamed of you. And for such a shame to our city.”

Her video has been met with backlash
Her video has been met with backlash

Another commented: “Teachers are fired for such photos, but the leading officials in Novosibirsk are allowed. Disgusting.”

But some were impressed by her antics, with one saying: “Anna, you are not afraid of frost in Siberia. Respect…”

It is not the first time Russians have been snapped stripping off in the freezing cold.

Previously, swimmers were seen posing for selfies in icy waters claiming that it helps to cure a host of diseases.

Anna is the vice-mayor of Novosibirsk
Anna is the vice-mayor of Novosibirsk

Closer to home, a town’s traders have been snapped ditching the clothes for a charity calendar after the organiser himself suffered a health scare.

Liam Stanbridge rallied a dozen local businesses in Horsham, West Sussex, to take part in the risqué photoshoot to raise funds to fight cancer.

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