Monday, 18 October 2010

Kremlin fury over worm salad tweet

A regional governor is in hot water in Russia after posting on Twitter that he had found a worm in a salad served at the Kremlin.

Dmitry Zelenin has been branded "idiotic" for posting the message accompanied by a photograph showing the worm, reports the BBC.

"That's an original way to show that the lettuce leaf is fresh," he tweeted.

But the Kremlin was not amused, and top foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko accused Mr Zelenin of "irresponsibility and stupidity".

"I should probably have advised my lawyer colleagues to add to the list of formulae for assessing governors' performance a provision for 'dismissal on the grounds of imbecility'," he said.

"I would advise anyone who wants to invite Mr Zelenin as a guest to think hard before doing so."

Mr Zelenin's Twitter account no longer carries the message or the photograph of the salad, which was apparently served at a state dinner for German President Christian Wulff.

But Russian bloggers picked up the story and have begun to publish images they say were taken from the original tweet.

Anatoly Galkin, the Kremlin's head chef, told Russian media the worm claims were "nonsense".

All dishes served in the Kremlin "go through a very careful examination" before reaching the table, he said.

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