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Reuters Celebrates Rags To Riches Bum

From an inspired Reuters:

Rags-to-riches tramp bags fortune in bottles

Tue Oct 13, 2009

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A 63-year-old homeless Russian man has gone from street life to stock market trader after collecting thousands of empty booze bottles for cash, a popular Russian tabloid reported on Tuesday.

Pictured in a majestic purple suit and matching violet jewelry, Leonid Konovalov told the Tvoi Den paper he collected around 2,000 bottles a day over the past year since the economic downturn hit Russia last autumn.

"Russians are drinking a little bit more due to the crisis, and this helped me get out of the rubbish dump," said Konovalov, an ex-engineer from the industrial city of Kemerovo in eastern Siberia who has spent the last 20 years living in a tip [sic].

Russia’s many homeless are often seen rooting through rubbish for bottles and tins, which they can trade for money. A glass bottle can fetch about 2 rubles ($0.06).

The bearded former tramp said he was encouraged by his two grandchildren to take risks on the stock market and said his first transaction was a 50,000 euro ($74,120) share-purchase.

Yet another helpful story from our media master on how to survive Obama’s new economic world order.

Still, isn’t it peculiar that this is the only kind of entrepreneurship that our mainstream media celebrates?

Oddly enough, however, it would seem that Reuters failed to tell its readers the full story, or even half of it, especially the part that makes it all sound like an elaborate put on.

From Russia’s TV-Novosti:


Homeless Russian films to star at Cannes

23 April, 2009

A homeless man from Siberia made a movie about himself and his relations with the outer world. The erotic-philosophical movie was sent to Cannes, and now he is awaiting an invitation to the renowned film festival.

Leonid Konovalov is not a director or a famous actor, not a script writer, nor a producer. He is a homeless resident of the Kemerovo Region, Siberia. However, he did not only make a movie – he managed to send it to the Cannes Film Festival!

The 62-year-old Konovalov is a former military man who visited the USA back in the 1990s. For 19 years, Konovalov has not had a proper shower, and the only source of income he has is collecting glass bottles from the trash.

But Leonid Konovalov is not exactly the poor homeless person you would think of. He has a house, and he says a tramp’s lifestyle is his own choice.

The filmmaker says collecting bottles and cans from garbage piles is the best job in the world, as living this life allows one true freedom with no bosses around, and no one telling you what to do.

Konovalov says his striving for creativity pushed him to make a movie about his controversial relations with society.

“There are two strands to the plot in the film. The first is about civilization as a whole, and the other one – about the fight of civilization against me, and my victory in this fight,” the author says, adding that the movie contains “erotic” scenes, because as part of his scenario, he needed to undress completely.

”I’ve made an erotic movie,” he says. “I got naked myself and stripped all the beautiful fake clothes off your civilization… to show what’s beneath. And that’s death.”

Leonid says he could afford to make his two hour-plus movie with the money he earned from selling what others choose to throw away.

But many people in the Kemerovo region don’t believe Konovalov, and question his story. They say he is known for his love of theatre, and never misses a premiere.

“He’s got lots of money, and doesn’t know what to do with it. He’s just fooling people. I’ve seen him in theatres several times, he was very well dressed up, and brought expensive bouquets for the crew,” local resident Anna Lomakina says.

Leonid claims he’s been everything from an actor to a miner. These days, while he admits he’s always been a theatre lover, he readily accepts that no usher would any longer let him in.

Konovalov’s daughter, who lives in one of the European countries, helped him send the movie to Cannes. The man has already received an answer, saying that his film is being considered for the second selection round, and if it passes, Konovalov may expect an invitation to the film festival.

Critics though, say his chances are small.

“I think no one will take the movie seriously. the only reason it can interest the Cannes is the fact that it fits into a new you-tube home-video format… and that is now the hottest trend,” film critic Aleksandr Golubchikov believes.

But for the present moment, the newborn director, producer, and actor is engaged in promoting and selling copies of his work for 10 thousand rubles ($ 300 US) per copy to collect money for his next project.

Well, good luck, Mr. Konovalov!

It sounds like the notoriously intellectual denizens of Cannes and Reuters may have both been hoaxed.

By the way, you can visit Mr. Konvalov’s Facebook page here.

Of course he’s on Facebook.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Reuters Celebrates Rags To Riches Bum”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    Winifred Skinner

  2. wardmama4 says:

    How can one be homeless if one has a home? Thus the whole premise of this article is a lie. And if he was in the military and an engineer – perhaps all this ‘homeless’ lifestyle is paid for on a pension or two?!?

    $300 for a copy of his You-Tube video – the guy isn’t just a liar, he’s a con man. And I bet some idiot liberal sucker will pay that much to have a ‘piece of history’.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Kinda makes one wonder how much those obama presidential coins are worth after he is tossed on his arse after he’s done wrecking our economy, eh WM4?
      (poor collectors….uh…..suckers)

  3. Confucius says:

    Sounds like my sister and her husband.

    They own several cars, several houses, lakefront property and are country club members. But around relatives, they act and dress poor. They even fabricate stories about their being “victimized” by this or that.

    If that wasn’t bad enough, they also steal. As soon as my last parent died, they took the family car, jewelry, silver, heirloom furniture and money.

    They haven’t yet made a movie though.

  4. proreason says:

    The chances of this gentleman being a liberal are very high.

    Liberalism is where the con men hang out.

    Because liberals are easy marks.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    The Russian Michael Moore.


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