Medvedev fires worm-spotting governor: Kremlin

16th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday fired the regional governor who last year infuriated the Kremlin by posting a picture of a worm that found its way into a salad at an official reception.

Dmitry Zelenin was relieved of his responsibilities as governor of the Tver region north of Moscow with immediate effect, the Kremlin said in a statement, without giving a reason for the move.

Zelenin posted a photograph on his Twitter account last year of the small red worm on the edge of a plate of salad at a Kremlin reception for German President Christian Wulff and his wife.

At the time, a top Kremlin official went on the record regretting that there was no rule on "firing governors for imbecility".

"Serious changes in life. Thank you for your support. I promise to continue writing on Twitter," Zelenin wrote on the micro-blogging site after his departure was announced. "Believe in Tver!"

Zelenin's departure marks the latest move in Medvedev's reshuffling of powerful regional governors which has been one of the key policies of his presidency.

© 2011 AFP

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