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A Third of Ministers on Twitter; Fakes Tweet Obscenities

About one third of Cabinet ministers have Twitter accounts.

About one third of the new government's ministers have entered the age of social media with Twitter accounts, while several others have been impersonated by swearing virtual fraudsters. 

The actively tweeting officials include not only Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who opened his account at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, but also another eight of the 28 total Cabinet ministers.

The most popular user — after the prime minister, who has more than 1 million followers — is Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, a former presidential aide to Medvedev and close ally in the government's modernization push. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin comes in third by number of followers, with more than 79,000, far outstripping last place tweeter Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, who only opened her account after taking her new job in late May and has attracted a little over 150 followers.

Not all the ministers follow each other on the microblogging service, RBC Daily noted. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, for example, follows only two accounts — those of the prime minister and the Kremlin. 

Some accounts for ministers are fake, having been opened by unknown users. Fake accounts for both Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov publish comments using invectives laden with swear words criticizing both the “regime" and the alleged authors themselves. The fake account for Surkov has close to 1,000 followers, while the imposter Serdyukov account has less than one hundred followers. 

Below is a chart showing which ministers use Twitter.

NamePositionTwitter HandleStatistics
Dmitry MedvedevPrime Minister@MedvedevRussia551 Tweets
54 Users Followed
Arkady DvorkovichDeputy Prime Minister@advorkovich21,878 Tweets
269 Users Followed
Dmitry RogozinDeputy Prime Minister@Rogozin10,377 Tweets
3,621 Users Followed
Olga GolodetsDeputy Prime Minister@OGolodets 12 Tweets
14 Users Followed
Vladimir MedinskyCulture Minister@medinskiy_vr3,214 Tweets
57 Users Followed
Nikolai NikiforovCommunications and Press Minister@nnikiforov5,760 Tweets
604 Users Followed
Dmitry LivanovEducation and Science Minister@DmitryLivanov262 Tweets
19 Users Followed

Vitaly Mutko

Sports Minister


89 Tweets

2 Users Followed


Mickail Abyzov

Cabinet's liaison with the Open Government initiative with the rank of minister

@mikhail_abyzov5 Tweets
4 Users Followed

Ministers with fake or frozen Twitter accounts:

NamePositionTwitter HandleStatistics
Igor ShuvalovFirst Deputy Prime Minister@igor_shuvalov4 Tweets
2 Users Followed
Vladislav SurkovDeputy Prime Minister

@ucnleslava15 Tweets
269 Users Followed
Sergei LavrovForeign Affairs Minister@sergeylavrov5,045 Tweets
12 Users Followed
Anatoly SerdyukovDefense Minister@DefenceMinistr102 Tweets 
21 Users Followed 
Alexander KhloponinDeputy Prime Minister@hloponinUnknown
(account frozen)


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