In Russia’s most famous anti-bureaucracy satire from the 19th century, “The Government Inspector,” an official boasts of accepting bribes in puppies, not money.
An official was convicted of the same crime this week.
Army officer Yulai Giniyatov, 27, was found guilty of obtaining various perks from a conscript under his command last year in exchange for passes to leave the unit, Interfax reported Wednesday.
The conscript, Yevgeny Klimentyev, purchased tables and plumbing equipment for Giniyatov’s mechanized infantry company, as well as a laptop and a mobile phone for Giniyatov, Kommersant reported.
He also repaired Giniyatov’s car — and, yes, shelled out 30,000 rubles ($1,000) for a Yorkshire terrier puppy for Giniyatov’s girlfriend.
FINALLY, an [admittedly flimsy] excuse to post this: