Medvedev's Twitter obscenity provokes shock

Wed Dec 7, 2011 1:00pm EST

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev meets with his supporters at the presidential residence Gorki outside Moscow, December 5, 2011.  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev meets with his supporters at the presidential residence Gorki outside Moscow, December 5, 2011.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev caused shock and jeers on Wednesday after an obscene insult directed at political opponents appeared on his official Twitter feed.

The Kremlin chief and his more powerful mentor Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have been facing growing opposition to their rule by protesters who say parliamentary elections on Sunday were not fair.

The offensive post appeared to have been retweeted on the MedvedevRussia feed at 33 minutes past midnight, according to cached copies of the feed and a notification of the post received by a Reuters reporter.

"It has become clear that if a person writes the expression 'party of swindlers and thieves' in their blog then they are a stupid sheep getting f****d in the mouth :)" the post read.

The phrase "Party of swindlers and thieves" is used by the opposition to describe Medvedev's ruling United Russia party. It was coined by prominent anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who was sentenced to 15 days in prison on Tuesday for his role in the anti-Putin protests.

The Kremlin said "an improper retweet" had appeared on Medvedev's account and blamed an unidentified official for having interfered with the feed. "The guilty will be punished," it said in a statement.

The retweet of such an embarrassing post appeared to run contrary to Medvedev's image as an educated, Twitter-savvy leader.

Reports of the Twitter mishap immediately garnered thousands of hits on Russian-language websites, with one headline reading: "Medvedev loses control of his own Twitter." Others expressed shock at such crude language from a Kremlin chief.

The original tweet can be seen here:

(Reporting By Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo)

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Comments (25)
shablon wrote:
These so called opposition objectors are plants from the West, their intent is destabilize Russia. The language they use to describe their opponents is offensive and brutal. West wants to control Russian resources far more than any other country. Putin is the salvation for Russia.

Dec 07, 2011 10:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jeffrey7112 wrote:
It would appear the good president is correct. And those people are not very happy with their position and would like a change.
How very astute of Mr. Medvedev.

Dec 07, 2011 11:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ascetic43 wrote:
Anyone who believes anything any of these corrupt politicians (russian or american) say is “a stupid sheep getting…. :)”

Dec 08, 2011 12:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
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