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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

World Cup Octopus Predicts Next Russian President

ReutersThe seer cephalopod examining a mock World Cup trophy he was given.

Komsomolskaya Pravda said Friday that it had managed to get Paul, the oracle German octopus that accurately predicted the World Cup results, to forecast who will be Russia's next president.

But shhhhhh … The newspaper said the results of Paul's prediction for the 2012 presidential election have been sealed until election year.

Komsomolskaya Pravda said one of its reporters approached Paul, who lives at the Sea Life attraction in the German city of Oberhausen, and put two sheets of paper with the names of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev in front of the soothsaying invertebrate, which pointed to one of the names with a tentacle.

Since Medvedev replaced Putin as president in 2008, it has been unclear who is the No. 1 decision maker.

A recent poll conducted by the independent Levada Center indicates that 76 percent of respondents believe that Putin is the country's most influential person, while 67 percent see Medvedev as the top leader.

Both politicians have said they are considering running for president in 2012. In April, Medvedev said they would decide together who is going to run. Putin said in June that they would talk about it closer to the election date.

Paul the octopus became famous for accurately predicting the outcome of Germany's World Cup campaign and the World Cup final between Spain and The Netherlands.

His Russian presidential pick has been conducted in a fashion rather different to his World Cup prognostications, where he predicted football matches by picking food from two different transparent containers lowered into his tank, each adorned with the flag of one of the match's competitors.

Komsomolskaya Pravda also featured a short "interview" with Paul.