Top 10 Russian-Language Tweets, Week 13 of 2014

Top tweets in the Russian twittersphere. Images mixed by author.

Top tweets in the Russian twittersphere. Images mixed by author.

Today is the first in RuNet Echo's new series on weekly top posts in the Russian-language twittersphere. Every Friday, RuNet Echo will be collecting the top ten Russian-language tweets and curating them for Global Voices readers. Our selections are based on's “best tweets” algorithm, available and updated in realtime here.

#10 — An old man and his old car.

This man is 102-years-old. He hasn't replaced his car in 82 years. A 1928 Rolls-Royce.

#9 — A joke about mass murder.

Putin's approval rating has reached 80%. In order for it to get to 100%, it will be necessary to shoot or arrest the remaining 20%.

#8 — Comparing the war crimes of Bush, Obama, and Putin. (Number of women, children, and elderly killed. Civilians murdered in unnecessary wars. Countries bombed. Governments overturned. Torture prisons. Countries threatened with military actions. Attempts to destabilize countries using “color revolutions.”)

Suddenly! (The original is in German by @Fatherland.)

#7 — Sports fans in Russia show their support for Ukraine.

Ooh. Fans of the soccer team Zenit Saint Petersburg unfurled a banner in support of Ukraine.

#6 — Moscow lawmakers consider prison time for pesky bloggers.

Deputies in the Moscow city council have proposed imprisoning for four years bloggers who contest [Russia's] decisions in Crimea.

#5 — Russia's only remaining independent television station promotes its “SOS” telethon.

How can you help us right now? 1) Share this link in all your social media networks, 2) Retweet this tweet.

#4 — The fake Twitter account for Crimea's de facto Prime Minister disseminates a leaked phone call that included Yulia Timoshenko apparently using obscenities against ethnic Russians.

Important! Timoshenko [talks] about Russians in Russian.

#3 — Tough talk from the fake Twitter account for Crimea's much-adored Attorney General, Natalia Poklonskaya.

If suddenly they go looking [for me] and can't find [me], pass along to the fools that I'm here [at work] every day, from 8 in the morning until 10 at night, at 21 Sevastopol Street, telephone number 51-84-26. :)

#2 — Russia's top political blogger, Alexey Navalny, applauds investigative journalism that exposes corruption in Russia's ruling party.

Retweet this, if you want all the newspapers in Russia to carry such headlines. [Newspaper cover reads, “The Palaces of United Russia members.”]

#1 —  TV Rain's owner, Aleksandr Vinokurov, rallies the minority of Russian citizens who oppose censorship in the media.

70% of Russians think that it's okay to distort information in the media if it serves the state's interests. [Link to polling results.] Retweet this if you disagree.

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