Russian Defense Ministry declassifies name of Navy's cat sailor (PHOTO)

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released new photos of 'Sergei Ivanovich', an orange tabby cat taking part in the voyage of Russian naval vessels to the Syrian coast. 

Sergei Ivanovich became an overnight star among Russian social media users earlier this week after the Russian Defense Ministry published a photo of him on its Facebook page.

Caving to public pressure and posting more photos of the honorary 'Seaman' on Tuesday night, the Defense Ministry also revealed his name, a combination of two of the most popular Russian names, Sergei, and the patronymic variant of Ivan, Sputnik reported.