Czech Borat Fans Pay Kazakh Fine, Thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen

Last fall, six Czech tourists in Kazakhstan made headlines around the world.

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The group was detained by Kazakh police in Astara after dressing up in a neon green bikinis a la the Sacha Baron Cohen character Borat, the infamous sendup of a Kazakh stereotype seen in the actor’s Ali G show and his own feature film.

Kazakhstan has had a troubled history with the character, and hasn’t appreciated incidents such as the time the anthem from Borat played instead of their own at a major sporting event.

The six tourists were fined 22,500 Kakakh teneges (around 1500 crowns, or $65) apiece.

It’s a small penalty, but when the actor heard of the incident through media coverage, he offered to pay it, anyway.

On Monday, the six Czechs were in London at the Embassy of Kazakhstan to pay the fine.

Sacha Baron Cohen made good on his promise, and provided them a giant check to present to the Embassy. Which they did while wearing mankinis, of course.

The actor even made the time to have a beer with his new Czech mates:

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.
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The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.