Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
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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That settles it - Trump has been a closet Russian for decades...

#1 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-07-21 05:13 PM | Reply

Didn't Saddam Hussein also have one of those types of toilets? It seems to be a common thing among corrupt officials and leaders through the world, not just former Soviet states.

And also, the joke doesn't work unless these people actually shower with their toilet water or have golden showerheads. Nice try at toilet humour, though...

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-21 06:27 PM | Reply

Check out "The Elements of Dictator Style" at and Peter York's Dictators' Homes: Lifestyles of the World's Most Colorful Despots(

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-07-22 07:12 AM | Reply

Trump has been a closet Russian for decades...

Closet? Seems like he's been pretty open about it.

#4 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-07-24 03:43 PM | Reply

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