“Hello everyone! I'm on Twitter, and this is my first tweet.” With this tweet former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev put the Kremlin on Twitter in 2010. And ever since, Russia’s politicians and diplomats have increasingly embraced the social media platform as a means to communicate the Russian view of the world.

President of Russia Владимир Путин

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a personal Twitter account which was set up by his campaign staff at the end of January 2012. An English account @PutinRF_eng was added in November 2012. Vladimir Putin does not tweet himself and while the account descriptions explains his personal tweets are signed #VP, no tweet has yet carried his initials. The account merely broadcasts official news in Russian from the Kremlin’s website and in many respects is very similar to the official @KremlinRussia account. Tweets are form announcements of Vladimir Putin’s daily meetings and, unlike @KremlinRussia, there has been no engagement with other accounts. No @reply has ever been sent, although the account has started to use @mentions and @PutinRF even retweeted the office of the Finnish President @TPKanslia. Interestingly almost 73.8% of @PutinRF tweets are sent from an iPad. @PutinRF and @PutinRF_eng don’t follow any other peers.

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Владимир Путин


Официальный аккаунт поддержки Президента Российской Федерации Владимира Путина. Личные сообщения отмечены #ВП

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 12/16/2011
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.34
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 100%
Most mentioned @Pravitelstvo_RF (4), @BarackObama (3), @MID_RF (1), @VorobievAndrey (1), @MedvedevRussia (1), @NikitaBelyh (1), @dilmabr (1), @Interpol (1)

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Presidency of Russia Президент России

@KremlinRussia’s most popular tweet was the announcement that Crimea had been integrated into the Russian Federation on 18 March 2014. The Kremlin tweets in Russian @KremlinRussia and tweets are quickly translated into English @KremlinRussia_E. The channel is dominated by official news about President Putin, broadcasting his daily meetings and the latest laws that have been signed. The Kremlin accounts don’t engage into any conversation via @replies. However, the account has mentioned @BarackObama and @Number10gov. Normally this is simply when mentioning telephone calls, but sometimes this includes greetings on Independence Day, for example, or condolences on deaths in an explosion in Texas. In addition to links to the Kremlin website, the account sometimes shares photographs of Vladimir Putin meeting foreign leaders or aboard a micro-light aircraft.

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Президент России


Кремль. Официальные новости

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 06/23/2010
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.99
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.03
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 100%
Most mentioned @Pravitelstvo_RF (28), @KremlinRussia (7), @Rogozin (5), @Number10gov (5), @BarackObama (4), @sochi2014_ru (3), @TPKanslia (3), @MID_RF (2), @i_Russia (2), @NicolasMaduro (2)

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Prime Minister of Russia Дмитрий Медведев

Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev has been dubbed “iPhonechik” for his use of social media channels and tools. A passionate amateur photographer, his Twitter pictures and Instagram snapshots are shared on his personal account to popular interest and much subtle commentary has been read into these images. For instance, on an official visit to Belarus, he shared a snapshot of the Belarusian State Circus and marked it simply “In the streets of Minsk.” Yet since becoming Prime Minister he tweets less, only mentioning three other users and replying once to @BarackObama since 7 May 2012. His most popular tweet remains from March 2012 in response to rumours that his cat had disappeared: “As for the cat. From sources close to‪ #Dorothy, it has become known that he was never lost. Thank you all for your concern!” His most popular picture is also about his cat, an Instagram snapshot of Dorothy in response to popular demand.

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Дмитрий Медведев


Председатель Правительства Российской Федерации.Аккаунт на английском - @MedvedevRussiaE

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 06/09/2010
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.61
Retweets: 10%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.08
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 90%
Most mentioned @Pravitelstvo_RF (23), @Schwarzenegger (4), @advorkovich (4), @cnni (2), @MedvedevRussia (2), @Vedomosti (2), @DZelenin (1), @_volovik (1), @premiaruneta (1), @inna_smbatyan (1)

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Government of Russia Правительство России

The Russian government’s Twitter account @Pravitelstvo_RF was launched shortly after Dimitry Medvedev became Prime Minister. The government tweets in Russian and in English (from @GovernmentRF) and the tweets are mainly formal official announcements, with only one @reply, few retweets and even fewer @mentions. Those few retweets are from @MedvedevRussia and a few of Russian State Ministries and close allies of Dimitry Medvedev, Arkady Dvorkovich and Nikolai Nikiforov. There are a few exceptions to the official announcements, for instance, the account tweeted personal views expressed by Dmitry Medvedev about the members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot: “The women have sat in prison long enough. A conditional sentence, rather than extended imprisonment, is sufficient”.

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Правительство России


Новости о Председателе Правительства России и Правительстве России. Английская версия аккаунта - @GovernmentRF

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 07/13/2012
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 11.23
Retweets: 9%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.14
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 91%
Most mentioned @MedvedevRussia (119), @Pravitelstvo_RF (63), @advorkovich (19), @MinistryEconomy (16), @MINZDRAV_RF (15), @ru_minfin (15), @minstroyRF (13), @minpromtorg_rus (11), @Rogozin (11), @MintransRF (9)

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Foreign Ministry of Russia МИД РФ

During the 2012 Conference of Ambassadors in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin called for greater use of the new instruments of diplomacy in order to more effectively represent Russia’s views and positions on world affairs. @MID_RF and @MFA_Russia play a central role in this strategy. Posting on average over 25 tweets a day from the Russian language, the majority of tweets focus on statements from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and, to a lesser extent, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich. @MID_RF also curates a number of Twitter lists, including a list of 97 Twitter accounts of Russian embassies and missions abroad. The Foreign Ministry has also increased engagement including humour. For instance, @MFA_Russia replied to a BBC journalist “@BBCDanielS Better late than never :)”. Or more seriously, the account has engaged in a tit-for-tat with the Swedish Foreign Minister @CarlBildt over the situation in Ukraine. The most curious and most retweeted tweet was a photo of John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov walking in the distance approaching woodland. The tweet read “Lavrov and Kerry. Hope they will be back.” This unusual humour inspired over 700 retweets in English and almost 500 in Russian.

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МИД России


Официальный twitter-аккаунт Министерства иностранных дел Российской Федерации (For tweets in English please follow @MFA_Russia)

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 02/21/2011
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 23.28
Retweets: 48%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.29
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 52%
Most mentioned @osce_ru (68), @UnitedNationsRU (45), @RussiaUN (45), @RF_OSCE (44), @KKdolgov (28), @MKKK (25), @UNRadioRU (22), @RusRepRamallah (22), @RusEmbassyIraq (19), @GGatilov (18)

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