The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper decided to poke fun at the deputies of the Russian parliament. The spokespeople for the newspaper called about 20 deputies, said they were from a respectable organization that would like to invite them to a New Year’s party. The correspondents promised to pay the deputies $1.5 thousand. The result surpassed all expectations: everyone agreed. Some of the deputies were even ready to put Santa Clause hats on, for an extra charge of course.
That material caused a controversy in the parliament. Some of the “entertainers” said they were going to sue the newspaper, and others promised “to beat our mug.” However, there was a very unexpected reaction from the deputy of the Tuva republic, Kaadyr Bicheldey. He called the editorial office of the newspaper and said that the idea about such a hang-out for the deputies should be legalized. He said the problem of leisure for the deputies of the Russian parliament is rather serious: “most of the deputies do not know what to do in the evening.” Bicheldey added, though, that payment under one thousand dollars would not be good for such undertakings.
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
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