Government ministers have since credited “Borat” with boosting tourism to the former Soviet bloc country.
Alexsander Mashkevich has escaped legal action in connection with the Turkish sex yacht incident late last month, according to this JTA article.
Though there was never an official reaction from the government of Kazakhstan, it’s a good bet that the 2006 film “Borat” did not earn applause from citizens of the Central Asian nation for its portrayal of them as Jew-hating, incest-practicing, homophobic and — worst of all — “Baywatch”-obsessed.
Ten of the world’s wealthiest people are Israeli, according to this year’s Forbes’ Rich List. The ten billionaires join the company of the prince of Saudia Arabia, Itlay’s Prime Minister, Oprah and Mark Zuckerberg, and about 1,000 other people around the globe who have 10 digits in the bank. (Yeah you heard us right.)
Aroma Espresso Bar, the rapidly expanding Israeli coffee chain — so popular on its home turf that it is credited with putting Starbucks in Israel out of business — announced that it will bring its aromatic coffee, pastries and sandwiches to Borat’s homeland: Kazakhstan. The chain, which has already spent $7 million expanding to the America, Canada and Cyprus, will also add two shops in Kiev and a bakery in the Ukraine.