Twitter Imposter Mocks Medvedev
'Kermlin Russia' dodges country's media crackdown
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2010 10:32 AM CDT
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, uses a Cisco computer during a tour of Cisco headquarters in San Jose, Calif., June 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Dmitri Medvedev has discovered one of the great joys of Twitter: the satirical impersonator account. Just days after the Russian president sent his first dispatch from his @KremlinRussia page, another account—called @KermlinRussia—is delivering mocking responses to his dispatches. One, for example, poked fun at his attempts to modernize the country, writing, “One needs to understand that money given to modernization and innovation will be spent on corruption and swindling.”

Fake accounts are common on Twitter—just ask BP—but this one’s especially noteworthy because Russia’s traditional media is subject to so much state strongarming, the Daily Telegraph points out. But in this case, the Kremlin won’t try to terminate the account, a spokesman said. “I think sober people are able to distinguish the real account.”