Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has claimed that Twitter blocked his last post, thereby bowing to pressure from the US State Department and Ukraine. The official, who currently serves as the deputy chair of Russia’s Security Council, compared this treatment to the ban imposed by Twitter on former US president Donald Trump in January 2021.
Medvedev’s Twitter account is accessible as of Monday. However, his last post is not, with a note reading “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules” displayed instead.
In a post on Telegram on Monday, Medvedev wrote, “Twitter has caved in to the pressure by the State Department and Ukrainians.” He also expressed regret that Twitter CEO Elon Musk had “clearly failed this task” and accused the social media platform of serving the “interests of the US establishment.”
In the wake of the Capitol Hill riots in January 2021, Twitter announced the permanent suspension of Trump’s account, citing the “risk of further incitement of violence.” In November of last year, Musk restored his account. However, the former US president has still largely been using his own social media platform – Truth Social.