Russian governor under fire for Tweeting photo of worm in his salad served at Kremlin state dinner

Screencap from Spiegel Online.

Russian Governor Dmitry Zelenin is currently under fire for Tweeting a photo of an alleged earthworm in his salad served during a state dinner at the Kremlin, reports Spiegel Online. At the reception on October 12 in honor of German President Christian Wulff, Zelenin took a photo of the alleged earthworm crawling across his plate. The governor of the Tver Oblast region later posted it on Twitter, reportedly saying, "Things like this happen, even in Alexandrovsky Hall. Together with beef, you’re being served lettuce with earthworms. That’s an original way to show that the lettuce leaf is fresh."

Sergei Prikhodko, Kremlin’s top foreign policy advisor, said there should be a law that would make governors subject to "termination for imbecility," according to Spiegel Online. He said, "I won’t even comment on (Zelenin’s) irresponsibility and foolishness."

Zelenin, 47, later deleted the Twitter post and photo, according to the AFP via Yahoo News. Kremlin’s head chef Anatoly Galkin said Zelenin’s supposed earthworm find is "nonsense" because everything served in the Kremlin "goes through a very careful examination," Spiegel Online cited Lifenews.ru.

However, Zelenin’s allegation may be possible, Russian food critic Vladislav Vasyukhin told the Moscow Times, according to Spiegel Online. "While there is strict control over dishes served to the likes of (Russian Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin and (Russian President Dmitry) Medvedev, it’s hard to inspect every plate for a reception that serves hundreds of people."

Administration spokesman Viktor Khrekov said Zelenin’s photo, which shows a white plate set on a cream patterned cloth, "matches neither the location nor the table settings" of the state dinner. The AFP said Zelenin also posted a photo of a "chandeliered dining room."

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