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Twitter Blocks Russian Foreign Ministry
According to the ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, the seven-day-long suspension was imposed on August 5
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Twitter has temporarily suspended the account belonging to Russia’s foreign ministry, officials in Moscow have revealed. According to the ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, the punitive measure was imposed after the diplomats cited a Russian military commander, who had alleged the US could have been behind the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, Zakharova posted a message on her Telegram channel, saying that on August 5, Twitter “blocked for seven days the official account of the foreign ministry in English.” The diplomat explained that the harsh reaction had been triggered by the ministry posting a tweet featuring excerpts from a speech delivered earlier by the head of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops, General-Lieutenant, Igor Kirillov.

The ministry’s tweet in question cited claims that the United States Agency for International Development could have been behind the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zakharova argued that it was highly doubtful that Twitter had the means to properly check those claims and was in a position to “call into question the defense ministry’s conclusions based on documents and fresh data.

She dismissed the suspension as “yet another awkward attempt to shut our mouth.

According to the diplomat, this was the first time Russia’s foreign ministry had faced “this kind of sanction.” Zakharova went on to explain that individual tweets by the ministry had been blocked before, but not the entire account, albeit for a week.

She branded Twitter’s decision as “beyond good and evil,” pointing out that Russia is “one of the leading countries in the world.

The diplomat added that Russia’s embassies in the UK and Germany have also faced similar suspensions on multiple occasions, including over the publication of “facts (real and not made up) over the provocation in Bucha.

Moreover, Zakharova called out Twitter for failing to deal with a “Russophobic bacchanalia on the part of Western politicians, experts and even ordinary users,” or with the activities of “Ukrainian trolls and bots” online.

The Russian official lamented that “direct calls for violence against Russians” are going unchecked on the social media platform. The foreign ministry’s spokeswoman went on to say that she did not recall any cases in which Ukrainian officials, who are “generating simply wild fakes” about the “atrocities/rape allegedly committed by Russian troops,” had been suspended in a similar fashion.

Zakharova warned Twitter that by “trampling on the principle of free speech” Twitter is “sawing off the branch it’s sitting on.” She claimed that the social media giant “has long been stagnating,” with next to no confidence in it and falling user numbers. The diplomat also cited Elon Musk’s refusal to buy Twitter as further proof of its sorry state of affairs.

She concluded by saying that “of course, you can block us, but the truth will out.” Zakharova added that Russia’s foreign ministry will simply cease using American platforms which have become Washington’s “censorship tool.

As of late Tuesday, the ministry’s account is viewable, though the last message published there is dated August, 5.

The tweet which led to the suspension is preceded by a plaque saying that it “violated the Twitter Rules on sharing false or misleading info that might bring harm to crisis-affected populations.” The platform noted, however, that it had chosen to preserve the message “for accountability purposes.

Following the start of Russia’s offensive against Ukraine in late February, Russian authorities have repeatedly claimed that they have evidence pointing to the existence of US secret biolaboratories in the eastern European nation. According to Moscow, the researchers had been experimenting with dangerous pathogens there, among other things.

The US and Ukraine have consistently denied the allegations.

In March, the Russian government blocked Twitter in the country, accusing it of spreading “fakes” about its military campaign.

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  1. Notsofast says:

    throw twitter the fuck out of russia, seize any assets they have in russia. send a special ops team to snatch zuckerberg, turn him into a duct tape mummy and bring him to moscow to face charges for his war crimes.

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  2. Notsofast says:
    @Notsofast

    after reading my own comment, i realize that twitter is not facebook but i stand by my original comment and now demand that russia throw facebook out of russia as well .

  3. I read the WSJ story on Bakhmut

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-ukraine-holds-the-line-in-donbas-russian-fire-shatters-cities-in-moscows-path-11660134297

    after spending an hour a day looking at the Observation Room and other live feeds from the town.

    No idea who Yaroslav Trofimov is, but his report is inaccurate to say the least.

    [MORE]

    In one of the minibuses, Maria Petryshyna, 72, said she had no idea where she was heading. “Anywhere. I just want to get as far away as possible from here. It is too loud at night, impossible to sleep anymore. The hole in our apartment building, on the second floor, is bigger than my height,” she said.

    The eastern edge of Bakhmut, past a giant winery where sparkling wine is fermented in a former gypsum mine, looks deserted because of its proximity to Russian lines and more frequent shelling. While Russian media has reported the area to have been seized by the Wagner Russian mercenary group, it remains, for now at least, under Ukrainian control. Fighting is so far from the city that no gunfire can be heard, even at night.

    On the Observation Room feed were two webcams in the city centre. While there’s now only one of Freedom Square (the other one was playing up before it went off air) you could often hear explosions, whether outgoing or incoming I don’t know.

    The Russian way of war here, as in other Donbas cities that Russia captured since February, such as Popasna, Mariupol or Severodonetsk, consists of indiscriminate shelling that makes these urban areas uninhabitable and eventually indefensible.

    The cameras showed pretty deserted streets, but all the buildings were intact.

    Incidentally pro-Ukraine sites like Observation Room (“We dont show Ukraine army movements or checkpoints for security reasons.“) are showing feeds from inside the occupied/liberated areas such as Donetsk, many of which do show allied/Russian transport and troops. I’m surprised RU are happy about this.

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  4. @YetAnotherAnon

    In fact of the 6 current webcam feeds on Observation Room, 5 (3 Donetsk, 2 Kherson) are in Ru-allied territory. Can’t comprehend why Ru aren’t blocking them.

  5. Mikhail says: • Website

    Good one –

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2022/08/12/nato-backed-kiev-regime-resorts-to-nuclear-terrorism/

    NPR propaganda –

    https://www.npr.org/2022/08/12/1117141677/russias-long-played-with-u-s-racial-politics-brittney-griner-is-the-latest-examp

    versus reality –

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/08/griners-sentence-is-in-line-with-russias-strict-drug-penalties-but-how-long-she-serves-will-be-decided-outside-the-courtroom/

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/08/10/u-s-audacity-on-brittney-griner/

    In the below article, the aforementioned Israeli-American Naama Issacher was released on a presidential pardon, after serving ten months on a drug trafficking charge.

    https://theduran.com/the-worst-and-the-best-of-american-basketball-players/

    Note that some other countries (like Singapore if I’m not mistaken) would’ve given Griner a stiffer sentence. Note that her Russian club team’s coach and teammate openly came to her defense. Were Russia so prejudiced, she wouldn’t be allowed to play there in the first place.

    Michael McFaul’s bigotry is sarcastically and appropriately rebuked –

    Liberals in particular (as well as some conservatives) brought me up on the notion that collective guilt of a given national and/or ethnic group is bigoted. The role of some pro-Bandera elements in nurturing US based anti-Russian bigotry is noted in this article –

    https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2022/02/27/russia-ukraine-coverage-update-what-western-mass-media-downplays/

    The below Duran discussion notes how Western elites considered it a “right” for Soviet citizens to travel abroad. Now, you’ve folks like the elitist Estonian PM say that travel to the EU is a “privilege”.

    https://theduran.com/eu-prepares-sanctions-package-aimed-at-banning-russian-travel-to-eu-member-states/

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