First Black Russian Politician Distances Himself From Obama


In this July 20, 2010 photo, Russian councilman Jean Gregoire Sagbo smiles in Novozavidovo, a village 100 kilometers (65 miles) north of Moscow. (AP)

Jean Gregoire Sagbo became the first black elected politician in Russia last month.
But, he doesn’t like being compared to Barack Obama.
The Kyiv Post reported, via Free Republic:

People in this Russian town used to stare at Jean Gregoire Sagbo because they had never seen a black man. Now they say they see in him something equally rare — an honest politician.

Sagbo last month became the first black to be elected to office in Russia.

In a country where racism is entrenched and often violent, Sagbo’s election as one of Novozavidovo’s 10 municipal councilors is a milestone. But among the town’s 10,000 people, the 48-year-old from the West African country of Benin is viewed simply a Russian who cares about his hometown.

He promises to revive the impoverished, garbage-strewn town where he has lived for 21 years and raised a family. His plans include reducing rampant drug addiction, cleaning up a polluted lake and delivering heating to homes.

Crima was dubbed by the media “Russia’s Obama.” Now they’ve shifted the title to Sagbo, much to his annoyance.

“My name is not Obama. It’s sensationalism,” he said. “He is black and I am black, but it’s a totally different situation.”

Inspired by communist ideology, Sagbo came to SovietRussia in 1982 to study economics in Moscow. There he met his wife, a Novozavidovo native. He moved to the town about 100 kilometers (65 miles) north of Moscow in 1989 to be close to his in-laws.

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  • NC Cop

    Well, he must be a RACIST!!!!!!!!!

    There is simply no other explanation!!!

  • Usful Ijit

    “Inspired by communist ideology.”

    No, he has nothing in common with Obama.

    /

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  • Ginger

    He’s acting stupidly…….. Just kidding.

  • down with dems

    Obama is half black. He’s also half white. He rounded on his census form.

    If Michelle Obama was white, would Sasha and Malia (25% black) be “black” or “white”?

    If 25% black Sasha/Malia married a white man and had children, would those children (12.5% black) be “black” or “white”?

    At what point, if ever, do you stop being black?

  • Male Silverback

    I thought a black Russian was a mixed drink. Darn I must be missing something.

  • OFail

    You are a racist if you are not black and do not support Obama’s ever agenda.

  • aro5o75

    “People in this Russian town used to stare at Jean Gregoire Sagbo because they had never seen a black man. Now they say they see in him something equally rare — an honest politician”.
    ————————————————–

    We don’t experience that phenomenon with our first black president.

  • StandUpChuck

    They are both commies, whats the difference?

  • Chisum

    Male Silverback
    July 25th, 2010 | 2:18 pm | #7

    I thought a black Russian was a mixed drink. Darn I must be missing something.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Ah, but you add a little heavy cream and ..voila!

    A White Russian!

  • aro5o75

    StandUpChuck
    July 25th, 2010 | 2:47 pm | #10
    They are both commies, whats the difference?
    ==============================

    Their commie admits to it.!!

    Our commie does’nt.

  • Joanne

    Two communists, both black, two for two so far.

    There’s a Black Russian and a White Russian drink – go figure, half and half…..sounds like Obama to me.

    Except Obama is half America on his white communist mother’s side and half British/Kenya on his communist muslim papa’s side. Obama isn’t even a full American and became President – go figure.

  • Joanne

    Chisum missed your #11 comment.

  • Joanne

    What happened to a person being ‘All American’ and ‘Made in the USA’; Obama isn’t All American or Made in the USA.

  • StrngernFiction

    I prefer White Russians.

  • Chisum

    I prefer White Russians.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    Especially when you shake them up a bit.

  • Bill Fabrizio

    Yes there does seem to be a major difference between Sagbo and Obama. Sagbo has promised to improve his community. Obama organized his community to enable his corrupt non-productive cronies to steal from the community’s productive members, thereby making them worse off.

  • X

    In answer to ‘down with dems’ question: “At what point, if ever, do you stop being black?”

    The very moment you reject the Democrat Party.

  • donh

    I would not be so quick to shake mr Sagbo’s hand because the story contains this quote…”Inspired by communist ideology, Sagbo came to Soviet Russia in 1982 “. Mr Sagbro probably does not like Obama because our President acts like his allegiance to communist ideology is something to be held in secret, denied, and kept hidden behind a phony mask of patriotism and feigned respect for constitutional government. In other words Obama is too weak a communist. He should be more like Stalin , grab the land, and start sending his opposition to reeducation camps. Then Mr Sagbo will be proud.

  • StrngernFiction

    I prefer White Russians.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    Especially when you shake them up a bit.

    —————————————————-

    I go a little light on the vodka, but then I’m a white American.

  • Iconoclast

    Anyone whose ears are not tightly wedged between their cheeks would consider it никултурный to be compared to zero in any manner. I don’t blame Mr. Sagbo for rejecting that disgustingly foul title.

  • Bogdan from Australia

    I strongly believe that Mr Sagbo has healed himself out of his communist beliefs long time ago as he was experiencing his dream crumbling before his own eyes

  • Bogdan from Australia

    It remaind us of the movie “Balck Days, White Nights” With Gregoy Hines and Michail Baryshnikov.

    Hines played a black commie who seduced by the lure of the “worker’s paradise” “escaped” there from the evil capitalist America. He married his Russian wife and began to settle there.

    As the monstrous reality of the life in totalitarianism began setting slowly on him, he started planning his escape back to his country he had once rejected.

    It was Russian dancer played by Baryshnikov that has helped him to achieve that.

    Still, we wish Mr Sagbo luck…

  • SukieTawdry

    If he was “inspired by Communist ideology,” the “situation” might not be as different as Mr. Sagbo thinks.

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  • Jeff

    Wow! The FIRST elected black politician in Russia??? And we are being lectured by the world for racism? And we are the racists??? Where are the MSM on this one? Wow!

  • Sandra Bishop

    Stupid is as stupid thinks. Some of you folks fit this category to a perfect “T”.

  • Tell Col

    Hilarious. Most of the idiots commenting have no idea what Communist even means, let alone a Muslim Communist. The stupidity knows no bounds.

    Funny how he was compared to Obama SIMPLY because he was black, and was smart enough to take offense because, yes folks, you guessed it, it’s ignorantly and stupid. Shared skin color doesn’t equal shared values.