December 11, 2020

Yes, Dumplings are Still Bribes


Yes, Dumplings are Still Bribes
RussianLife authors accept khinkali as payment, too. The RussianLife file

A former Novosibirsk police chief has been sentenced to three years in prison and four more of probation for accepting Caucasian dumplings on the side.

The charges say that the chief overlooked rent violations from a local cafe in exchange for free, hot, delivered meals. The chief's go-to was, reportedly, khinkali dumplings with a cucumber salad.

Khinkali, for those of you who have yet to be blessed by them, are thick, soup-, herbs-, and meat-filled dumplings from the Caucasian state of Georgia. They're a popular food throughout the former USSR.

Investigators, initially believing that the man had racked up a total of R200,000 ($2600) of khinkali-valued bribes found, on review, that this total was only (?) R53,000 ($700).  That's a lot of takeout.

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