Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his youngest son, Nikolai, have been pictured harvesting potatoes and watermelons in the fields of the presidential residence, Drozdy.
In just an hour and a half, the presidential family, along with a group of helpers, harvested 70 sacks of potatoes on an 18-hectare field, the Belarusian state-run news agency BelTA reported.
The August 16 haul will reportedly be sent to Belarusian orphanages and nursing homes.
Here's a video of the event:
It may have been for a good cause, but many were left wondering what was with the outfit on the man who some call "Europe's last dictator" -- a white T-shirt, checkered shorts, and a head covering that looks like a cross between a surgical cap and a chef's toque.
Belarusian journalist Volha Ulevich wrote on Facebook that she knows "the secret of the hat," which he also wore when teaching Gerard Depardieu how to use a scythe. Lukashenka was wearing a barretina, traditional Catalonian headwear, she said. (Though these are normally red.)
Twitter had some other theories:
@googleshenko tweeted: "Sell 70 sacks of potatoes to whom"
A mock Lukashenka account, @Alekzander_Luk, tweeted that he had opened an annual "Potatofest" lasting from August to September:
-- Anna Shamanska