Note to Self: Don't Point Out Worms in Food at Kremlin Dinner

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That Twitter, it can get you in trouble for anything! Just ask Dmitry Zelenin, who innocently tweeted a photo of the worm that he found in his food at a Kremlin dinner. Now, the Russian government might fire him for this little joke: "Along with the beef they serve earthworms. It is a distinctive way of showing that the lettuce is fresh!" Instead, allow us to suggest that they make Zelenin the head of social media. The guy is obviously a natural to the medium!

Dmitry Zelenin, governor of the central Russian region of Tver, thought it would be funny to publicise the picture of a small red worm he says he found nestling in his salad at a Kremlin reception held on Tuesday in honour of visiting German President Christian Wulff.

"Things like this happen even in Alexandrovsky Hall (in the Kremlin)," he quipped on micro-blogging site Twitter. "Along with the beef they serve earthworms. It is a distinctive way of showing that the lettuce is fresh!"

Hours later, the photograph and the comments had been deleted. Officials said they were furious after his comments embarrassed the Kremlin's elite chefs and made Russia look foolish in the eyes of a VIP visitor.

"I am responsible for international relations," said Sergei Prikhodko, the Kremlin's top foreign policy adviser. "But I should probably suggest to my lawyer colleagues to draw up a clause to fire governors for imbecility. I will not even talk about (his) irresponsibility and stupidity."

Read the full story at Telegraph (UK).

Via Evgeny Morozov.

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