Wednesday, July 21, 2021
There is one phenomenon currently inspiring discussions among psychologists, historians, and corruption fighters: The post-Soviet obsession with golden toilets. As it turns out, one such golden toilet owner is the head of traffic police in the Stavropol region, Colonel Aleksey Safonov, who became the town clown this week after getting arrested on corruption charges, after which photos of his ultra-extravagant house were leaked and shared widely. Known for bragging about fighting corruption at work, Safanov had even spoken in front of cameras about policemen's temptation to take bribes: "Unfortunately, some police inspectors cannot resist the offer," he told local reporters. Then the colonel would take bribes, return home, cross his glamorous lobby floored with what seems like dangerously slippery marble, and ascend his royal staircase to a giant bathroom with a golden toilet seat and matching golden bidet.
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