Russian custom officials broadcast lavish lifestyle on YouTube

In Russia, where luxury imports like cars and wine are notoriously expensive, a mock rap video made by custom officials celebrating the lavish lifestyle that comes with their government jobs has raised some eyebrows.

The video posted on YouTube, which shows champagne-quaffing officials surrounded by scantily clad women and driving around in a Rolls Royce, also takes a tongue-in-cheek look at corruption.

“You can’t even imagine how the customs officials have fun,” officers sing in chorus as a topless woman clutches customs forms to her body.

To date, no disciplinary action has been taken against the officers who posted the video, but it has been condemned by Prime Minster Vladimir Putin.

The mock rap video comes at a time when President Dmitry Medvedev sent a bill to parliament increasing the fines on officials caught taking bribes to up to 100 times the size of the original bribe.