“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 in Russian and in English.

Tweets from Russia leaders

President of Russia Владимир Путин

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a personal Twitter account which was set up by his campaign staff on 16 December 2011. 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 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 of other world leaders. @PutinRF doesn’t follow any other world leader, but the English account @PutinRF_Eng mutually follows four, namely @CFKArgentina, @JuanManSantos, @PresidenceMali, @dilmabr.

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Владимир Путин


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

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 12/16/2011
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.33
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 100%
Most mentioned @Pravitelstvo_RF (8), @BarackObama (4), @matteorenzi (4), @MedvedevRussia (3), @VorobievAndrey (2), @mvd_official (2), @NajibRazak (1), @jokowi_do2 (1), @asipnp (1), @Interpol (1).
Average of retweets 47

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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 other world leaders inbcluding @BarackObama, @Number10gov and @SAPresident. 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. @KremlinRussia does not follow any other foreign leader but the English account @KremlinRussia_E mutually follows @EUCouncilPress.

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Президент России


Кремль. Официальные новости

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 06/23/2010
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.01
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 100%
Most mentioned @Pravitelstvo_RF (40), @KremlinRussia (7), @Number10gov (5), @sochi2014_ru (3), @Rogozin (3), @TPKanslia (3), @tass_agency (2), @asipnp (2), @ru_minfin (2), @SAPresident (2).
Average of retweets 50

First tweet

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. @MedvedevRussia is mutually following only two other world leaders, namely @BarackObama and @KarimMassimov. The English account @MedvedevRussiaE is mutually following @BarackObama, @Number10gov, the @WhiteHouse, @eucopresident, and @NarendraModi.

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Дмитрий Медведев


Председатель Правительства Российской Федерации.Аккаунт на английском - @MedvedevRussiaE

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 06/09/2010
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.58
Retweets: 9%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.08
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 91%
Most mentioned @Pravitelstvo_RF (26), @Schwarzenegger (4), @advorkovich (4), @cnni (2), @MedvedevRussia (2), @Vedomosti (2), @DZelenin (1), @_volovik (1), @premiaruneta (1), @inna_smbatyan (1).
Average of retweets 235

First tweet

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, and few retweets often from Prime Minister @MedvedevRussia, @KremlinRussia and other Russian State Ministries. 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. For tweets in English, follow @GovernmentRF

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 07/13/2012
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 9.33
Retweets: 7%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.12
Tweets retweeted: 93%
Most mentioned @MedvedevRussia (118), @Pravitelstvo_RF (53), @MINZDRAV_RF (14), @advorkovich (13), @minpromtorg_rus (12), @Rogozin (11), @minstroyRF (9), @ru_minfin (8), @MinistryEconomy (8), @vesti_news (7).
Average of retweets 25

First tweet

Foreign Ministry of Russia МИД России

The Russian Foreign Ministry tweets in Russian (@MID_RF) and in English (@MFA_Russia) and has made a conscious effort to make connectiuons with its peers. The English account @MFA_Russia is the second best connected, mutually following 93 other world leaders. The Russian account is mutually connected to 37 other foreign ministries. The Russian account is particularly active posting more than 25 tweets per day, half of which are retweets often of the Russian news channel @RT_russian and the news agency @Tass_Agency. The English account is less prolific posting 19 tweets per day and 44% retweets often of Russia’s @SputnikInt and @TassAgency_en Twitetr accounts. @MID_RF also curates a number of Twitter lists, including lists with the 160 Twitter accounts of Russian embassies and missions abroad. 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.”

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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 April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 02/21/2011
Language: Russian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 25.61
Retweets: 51%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.27
Replies/Tweet: 0.00
Tweets retweeted: 49%
Most mentioned @RF_OSCE (42), @RusEmbUSA (40), @RussiaUN (39), @osce_ru (38), @KKdolgov (30), @mission_russian (23), @RusBotschaft (22), @UnitedNationsRU (19), @RusEmbIndia (19), @KremlinRussia (19).
Average of retweets 34

First tweet