Because the day of the week ends in "y": Kaliningrad governor’s quirky response to media

Because the day of the week ends in "y": Kaliningrad governor’s quirky response to media
Anton Alikhanov

Kaliningrad Region Governor Anton Alikhanov caused a backlash by saying the local government is going to only reimburse kindergarten expenses to poor families.

Alikhanov announced the local government is going to only reimburse kindergarten expenses to poor families during a budget review. When asked to explain the reason, he said "Because the day of the week ends in 'y'."

The journalist then repeated the question, asking for a serious response: "Do you want to me to spell it to people just like that? "Because the day of the week ends in 'y'?"

Alikhanov then began apologizing. "Only 56% of our welfare payments are targeted. That is wrong. The number should increase, I believe. We will probably integrate an electronic social certificate system next year. That is why there are many people – you will be surprised – who receive welfare payments they do not need," the governor said later.

Alikhanov claimed it was a joke after the backlash. "I have known the journalist for quite some time; we were just throwing jokes at each other. I gave a comprehensive comment on the matter later," the governor said.

Alikhanov was appointed the governor on September 29, 2017. He had been appointed the acting governor on October 6, 2016. It is worth noting that it is not the first scandal involving Alikhanov; he had been caught using neo-Nazi insignia.

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