Corrupting language Russian officials banned from bribe-inducing phrases

Wednesday 6th March, 2013

Russia The Russian Ministry of Labor has come up with a list of phrases not to be uttered by government officials, as they can be perceived as encouraging bribery. Russian bureaucrats see their right for freedom of speech trampled upon. According to recommendations issued by the Ministry of Labor, civil servants should not say anything like: – “The problem is challenging, but we could solve it” – “Thanks don’t put food on the table” – “We’ll have to discuss the options” – “So what are we going to do?” These idioms have long been used by Russians as hints at the need to sweeten a deal….

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