Updated at 14:03,08-08-2022

The Independent: Luka catches fish and lose election


A British newspaper compared Lukashenka's "catch" with a three-eyed fish from The Simpsons.

The Belarusian ruler and The Simpsons characters have other parallels, The Independent writes.

"Luka’s catch, a 125lb catfish, reportedly came from a river that runs through the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Its eyes have not been counted but it dwarfs the 46lb pike a pecs-out Putin reportedly caught just days earlier," the newspaper reports.

Journalists recall the plot of the episode with the three-eyed fish. Montgomery Burns, an ill-natured rich man running for Governor, hired spin doctors to improve his image, but a strange fish thwarted their efforts. Burns was served the fish for dinner in front of the media, but spit it out and lost the election.

Lukashenka recently said he had caught a 57kg catfish in the Prypiat River. Russian president Vladimir Putin boasted a day before that he had reeled in a pike of more than 20kg in the Tuva region.

The news about the "catch" of two heads of state provoked a storm of jokes and motifakes on the internet.