Russian government issues tender for 24 carat gold-plated bed

China and Japan seem to be recovering from the credit crunch, but that does not give the Russian government to take the liberty to spend big bucks on luxury furniture, especially when the country’s economy shrank 10.9 per cent in the last quarter. That’s what the bloggers opinionated when the Russian government issued a tender for luxury furniture, including a gilded, cherry wood bed ‘covered with a thin layer of 24 carat gold on the decorative elements of the head and footboards’. The total worth of the furniture tender totaled to a whopping 24.4 million Rubles ($755,900) and some of the items were directed to be sent to the Dacha district in the Moscow’s outskirts where some of the senior officials resided.

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What forms the biggest irony is the claim that the publication of the tenders comes as part of ‘Russian efforts to improve transparency and boost public confidence in efforts to cut corruption by holding public conferences for state purchases.’ The part about being transparent could be acknowledged as acceptable as it gives the public an opportunity to openly criticize the extravagant splurging of the interior ministry, but what about the other two bogus points they’ve made? Perhaps we should leave that on the citizens.

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