Support The Moscow Times!

Putin Criticizes Customs' R&B Video

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday criticized a group of customs officers for a video clip they posted on YouTube celebrating the lavish lifestyle they say comes with their government jobs.

The mock rap video made in Vladivostok shows customs officials in sunglasses driving a Rolls Royce and drinking champagne while surrounded by scantily clad women.

No disciplinary action has been taken to date against the officers who posted the clip, but Putin, Russia's paramount leader, condemned the bling-filled tongue-in-cheek video.

"Discipline is needed in several of the divisions, we have to raise it a little," Putin said at a meeting with the head of the Federal Customs Service.

"I like to joke and laugh a little myself, but this kind of creativity should be saved for a talent show," Putin said.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.