“It’s only a gift.” Saratov’s official explains origin of plate on his desk that says “There’s no money - and there of won’t be.”

“It’s only a gift.” Saratov’s official explains origin of plate on his desk that says “There’s no money - and there of won’t be.”
Aleksander Zotov

Photo of the official’s controversial phrase emerged on the web site of the district’s administration.

Head of Raskovsky municipal district in Saratov region Aleksander Zotov has told Govorit Moskva where he had taken a plate that says “There’s no money - and there of won’t be.” In his words, it was a gift from his colleagues.

Photo of Zotov at his desk with this plate had earlier emerged on the administration’s web site. It raised widespread concern in the public.

“A good while ago, there was a holiday in our district. Colleagues gave me souvenirs . The plate was among them. There’s nothing special about this plate. It is sold in any souvenirs’ store. I put the plate on my desk and didn’t even think it could raise some concern among Russians,” Zotov confessed.

The photo of Zotov and the plate got all steamed up on the web. People called him “the most honest official.”

The plate’s phrase reminded Dmitry Medvedev’s expression. In May, 2016, the PM stated in reply to pensioners who complained about low pension: “There’s no money, but you keep calm! I wish you all the best: good health and mood.”

Zotov asked Russian not to draw a parallel between him and Medvedev’s expression.

“Many people try to compare the plate with Medvedev’s expression, but this is not things are. We ought to work for the sake of society against all odds. I will answer any question asked by citizens. The plate was just a gift,” Zotov said.

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