Governors will be cautioned about microblogging and urged to only write “proper” messages on Twitter in order to avoid scandals and misunderstandings, several sources in the Kremlin say to Izvestia.
If that doesn’t work, the presidential administration could ban governors from using Twitter altogether, the sources said.
Dmitry Medvedev created a Twitter account in June 2010 when he was President of Russia. Many governors followed his example and now 33 of Russia’s governors have microblogs and many of them tweet regularly. Kirov Governor Nikita Belykh has written over 24,000 tweets, Ivanovo Governor Mikhail Men over 11,000 and St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko about 5,000, Izvestia writes.
Governor of Murmansk Oblast Marina Kovtun opened her microblog in January this year and has so far published more than 1100 tweets.
The move to control the governors’ online habits comes after a number of Twitter scandals involving senior government politicians. Among the most prominent gaffes, Krasnodar region Governor Alexander Tkachyov in February responded to a highly qualified hospital employee’s complaints about his miserly salary by telling him “not to whine and go look for a more highly paid job.”
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.