Now RIA Novosti reports that Paul's "brethren" (presumably octopus or calamari) was served to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Dmitry Medvedev at dinner in St. Petersburg on July 14. That's at a dinner where they also talked about the World Cup, reports say.
Merkel probably wasn't complaining, since she'll take any whiff of popularity she can muster back at home. And Germans really hate this octopus for picking Spain to beat them in the semifinals.
But the Russians had best change the menu when José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero comes to town.
-- Andy Heil