After facing much criticism for temporarily suspending the parody accounts of famous politicians, including President Vladimir Putin in Russia, micro-blogging website Twitter has reinstated all the accounts, a media report said.
The Russians were dismayed over the fact that they were being denied the satirical delights offered by these accounts, especially President Putin’s.
On Tuesday, Twitter suspended parody accounts of President Putin @DarthPutinKGB and other Russian-themed parody accounts, including @SovietSergey — a lampoon of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and @AmbYakovenkoNot — which mocks the Russian ambassador to Britain, Alexander Yakovenko, BBC reported.
@DarthPutinKGB has 50,000-plus followers and its suspension in particular provoked much indignation from Twitter users and also plenty of humour.
Well-wishers tweeted their support for the suspended Darth and criticism of Twitter using the hashtag, #NoGulagforDarthPutinKGB.
While, former world chess champion and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov accused Twitter of “taking lessons on censorship from the Kremlin”, the editor of the Moscow Times opinionated: “Among Darth’s high-profile supporters were the real Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.”