Governor branded 'imbecile' for exposing Kremlin salad worm

14th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Russian official was branded an "imbecile" by the Kremlin after spotting an earthworm in his plate of salad at a reception and posting a photograph on Twitter.

Tver region governor Dmitry Zelenin posted a photograph of the small red worm on the edge of a plate of salad on Twitter late Tuesday at a Kremlin reception for the German President Christian Wulff and his wife.

"The beef came with live worms," Zelenin wrote, cited by Russian media, adding that, "That's an original way to show that the lettuce leaf is fresh."

But the Kremlin did not relish the joke.

The Kremlin's top foreign policy advisor, Sergei Prikhodko, said he regretted that there was no rule on "firing governors for imbecility" in an interview with the RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday evening.

He slammed the governor, 47, for "irresponsibility and stupidity."

Tver governor Zelenin -- who is a member of the ruling United Russia party and is in charge of a important region northwest of Moscow -- later deleted the posting.

Medvedev sent his own first message on Twitter in June, while visiting Silicon Valley and his KremlinRussia account has been updated regularly with "tweets" and photographs.

Despite embracing modern methods of communication, the president last month upbraided Kirov region governor Nikita Belykh for posting on Twitter during a meeting.

In a schoolmasterly tone, Medvedev publicly criticised Belykh for "having nothing better to do."

© 2010 AFP

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