Medvedev fires worm-spotting governor: Kremlin

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev 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.

Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 23:28 PM IST

Moscow: 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.

PTI