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Earthworm salad served at Kremlin dinner for President Wulff

The Local · 14 Oct 2010, 10:23

Published: 14 Oct 2010 10:23 GMT+02:00

The incident came to light after a Russian regional governor, evidently finding the matter hilarious, wrote a Twitter entry about the worm and linked to a photo. The governor, Dmitri Zelenin, has been branded an “imbecile” and could now lose his job, The Moscow Times reported.

Zelenin, 47, former head of the giant mining company Norilsk Nickel, has since removed the blog post and photo. In the original post, Zelenin quipped of the worm: “It was a very special way to show the salad was fresh.”

The invertebrate salad was served at a dinner at the Kremlin on Tuesday night in honour of Wulff, who is on a state visit to Russia. He has met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

In the photo posted by Zelenin, who is governor of the Tver region in western Russia, a worm is clearly crawling on the edge of the plate. It is not known how Wulff reacted.

Sergei Prikhodko, an aide to President Medvedev, called for Zelenin to be sacked. It should be possible by law to fire a governor because of “imbecility,” he said.

"Fortunately, I'm responsible for foreign policy questions, but I should probably suggest to my colleagues who are dealing with the law to introduce to the criteria for evaluating governors a line on 'termination for imbecility,'" said Prikhodko, according to The Moscow Times

"I won't even comment on irresponsibility and foolishness," he said.

Medvedev has the power to hire and fire the 83 regional governors in Russia.

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Anatoly Galkin, the Kremlin's head chef, brushed off Zelenin's allegation as "nonsense" in an interview to Lifenews.ru.

All dishes served in the Kremlin “go through a very careful examination," Galkin said, adding that he was on vacation and could not personally look into the matter.

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Your comments about this article

11:09 October 14, 2010 by auniquecorn
Well, I guess I wont have salad for linch today.
12:33 October 14, 2010 by karal
I think Mr.Zelenin will be new 'target' for persecution by Kremlin... No one can our criticize PM and President, let alone to find something wrong in his dish.

A Russian citizen.
15:12 October 14, 2010 by kiatkiat
The good news is he can still see 1 earthworm.

Its better than finding a "half" earthworm after finishing the salad.
17:38 October 14, 2010 by Wabit
The Kremlin are such an insecure bunch of misfits that they dare not laugh at a Worm. For who knows, the Worm may be next in line for the Presidents job? hmmm interesting thought.
18:32 October 14, 2010 by cindinator
Kewl...meat, like a chef's salad.....
18:40 October 14, 2010 by Cebes
That wasn't a worm, it was George Boosh.
20:22 October 14, 2010 by Celeon
If this was 1914, we would already be at war because of that. :-D
21:25 October 14, 2010 by Mark Matis
Hey, look - don't complain! At least he's still alive, unlike the Poles who visited Russia a few months ago.
22:00 October 14, 2010 by Billy R
Oooh - a diet of worms! If memory serves, I recall another German at an Imperial Diet of Worms, only at that one, Luther was asked to recant, not regurgitate!
22:13 October 14, 2010 by wxman
A little extra unexpected protein. What's the big deal; are these people Vegans?
22:58 October 14, 2010 by HJ Marseille
Fuel up the Panzers and Stukas, this means war. Death to the Bolsheviks!!!!!
22:59 October 14, 2010 by Cincinnatus
So - is Anatoly Galkin accusing President Wulff of having brought his own earthworm to dinner?
02:15 October 15, 2010 by landlord39
Hamlet: A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

Claudius: What dost thou mean by this?

Hamlet: Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.

Now If there was a bottle of mescal involved then a worm is okay...even mandatory.......lol. At least the worm looked fresh & healthy from the food it was eating... Isn't there an old russian custom of placing worms in royal food to test for poison?
03:23 October 15, 2010 by chrisniedzwiecki
Those Russian bastards weren't half as embarassed by giving the wrong altitude readings to that Polish plane crash earlier this year, killing the Polish prez, his wife and half the chiefs of staff. How effing convenient was that?
06:47 October 15, 2010 by HostileKnowledge
That was rasPutin's pocket pet. Did anyone notice how red it was?
07:28 October 15, 2010 by stephen_in_hawaii
Folks,

I hope my submission is "Received in the Spirit Given..." across cultures/borders~

I have to know, did President Wulff "Wolf Down" the worm?

I think Dmitri Zelenin should keep his job. Perhaps make him do the dishes for a week, then all concerned run off to a side office and have a good Belly Laugh!

Stephen.
08:02 October 15, 2010 by swiftnick
More than likely the Ruskies thought they were entertaining the French. Those guys eat just about anything. If it moves, they eat it.
08:43 October 15, 2010 by karal
Just today I have seen some newspapers here in Russia. A few biologists said, "that the situation with the worm confirm salad was fresh". lol

Other comments aren't funny, so one " a big wheel'" appeals to arrest Mr.Zelenin for falsehood. This is really Theatre of the absurd...
13:10 October 15, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Now thats a real kaiser salad!
10:02 October 16, 2010 by Hooshang Kharabaf
They were surprised wondering were are the rest of the worms, or else...
12:19 October 17, 2010 by Kennneth Ingle
Who said that word cannibals?
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