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Top 10 Russian-Language Tweets, Week 15 of 2014

Top tweets in the Russian twittersphere. Images mixed by Kevin Rothrock.

Top tweets in the Russian twittersphere. Images mixed by Kevin Rothrock.

RuNet Echo continues its new series on trends in the RuNet Twittersphere. At the end of each week, RuNet Echo will be collecting top ten Russian-language tweets and curating them for Global Voices readers. Our selections are based on Tjournal.ru's “best tweets” algorithm, available and updated in real time here.

#10 — A visual joke about the increasingly jingoistic “pocket opposition” leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky

The joker speaks aloud what the king is [privately] thinking

#9 — A novel crowd-funding metaphor

See, if Mikhalych asks you for a hundred rubles to buy a bottle [of vodka], that's a start-up. If he's pestering the f*cking passers-by and asking them all for a ruble, that's crowd-funding.

#8 — A prayer from resident crazy-person and gay-basher Ivan Ohlobystin

God bless the commanders of [Ukrainian anti-terrorist special force] Alpha, who preferred to go to court, rather than spill the blood of innocents! Real glory to these heroes!

#7 — A rare Ukrainian tweet in the mix, from the front-man of popular alternative band Okean Elzy

Today I wrote the first song in 4 months! Maybe spring is here:)

#6 — A sarcastic tweet from a Dmitry Kiselev parody account

An arm-less citizen of the Kharkov republic is trying to fix glass that was broken by the Right Sector. Gotta respect guys like that.

#5 — A dig at commemorations of the first manned space flight

Judging by the media, Putin's main achievements after 14 years are victory in WWII and Gagarin's flight [to space].

#4 — Judging by the hokey bands performing there, Crimea was already Russian

Darkness descends over Crimea…

#3 — Vice-PM Dmitry Rogozin's tweet about Moon exploration brings ridicule

It seemed that it would be impossible to steal more than what was stolen at the Olympics. But then Rogozin suggested we build a foothold on the Moon.

#2 — A joke about Windows, later deleted by the author. (1041 tweets registered by TJournal.)

Ребята, только не сильно ржите. Тетки на работе на полном серьезе связывают прекращение поддержки windows xp с санкциями сша против рф

Guys, don't laugh too hard. Women at work very seriously think that Microsoft stopping support of Windows XP is tied to US sanctions against Russia

#1 — Funnyman @KermlinRussia comments on Putin's econo-speak

Vladimir Putin said to prepare ourselves for import-substitution. Unhappy Russian citizens will be substituted for happy imported ones.

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