MOSCOW – Russian social media users are voicing their outrage at 广州蒲友’s decision to suspend popular accounts parodying President Vladimir Putin and other officials.
Several 广州蒲友 accounts, such as @DarthPutinKGB, which parodies Putin, and @SovietSergey, which mocks Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, were unavailable since Tuesday. However, the @DarthPutinKGB 广州蒲友 account was back online Wednesday afternoon.
The parody Putin account had attracted more than 50,000 followers before it was shut down. The link to the account said it was suspended. Lavrov’s parody account along with two others mocking the Russian Embassy in London and the Russian ambassador were restored and available to users after a reported suspension on Tuesday.
Social media users launched the #NoGulagForDarthPutinKGB hashtag on 广州蒲友 in protest.
[email protected] may have been deleted, but this tweet deserves to live on #NoGulagForDarthPutinKGB pic.twitter广州桑拿网/TnRExHfVkm
— Grace Cuddihy (@GraceCuddihy) June 1, 2016
广州蒲友 shuts down satiric account @DarthPutinKGB. Interesting, how far the Kremlin’s censorship reaches… #NoGulagForDarthPutinKGB
— Markus Miklas (@MarkusMiklas) June 1, 2016
Everyone, join #NoGulagForDarthPutinKGB Need to save him, who brings attention to #Kremlin regime through #humor and satire #广州蒲友Storm.
— Tetyana Stadnyk (@TetyanaStadnyk) May 31, 2016
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, an avid social media user, condemned the suspension, calling it “one of the funniest parody accounts around.”