A Russian politician who once presided over parts of Siberia has revealed that he had a hand in hoaxing Yeti sightings in the hopes of drawing tourists to the area. Aman Tuleyev, former governor of the Kemerovo Region of the country recounted the remarkable tale this past Thursday on his Instagram account. Responding to the question of whether or not a Yeti still roamed the remote area he once governed, the politician first noted that legends of the creature have long circulated among hunters in the Shoria Mountains and that he had once made a journey of his own to the location in search of the cryptid. That said, Tuleyev then made a rather surprising confession: “it was I who fueled interest in the Yeti.”
Specifically, the former governor said that attempts to turn the region, which is ideal for skiing, into a tourist destination had proven fairly successful with over a million people visiting each year. However, Tuleyev argued to one of his subordinates that “this is not enough” and proposed that they declare a resort town in the Shoria Mountains to be “the homeland of Yeti.” The idea was apparently well received as the community quickly set about putting it into action. They not only announced an official ‘Bigfoot Day’ which just so happened to coincide with the start of ski season, but also offered a one million ruble reward (approximately $13,000) for anyone who could catch the creature.