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A Bogus Putin Account Thrived For Years Before Twitter Suspended It



Vladimir Putin’s Twitter account had more than one million followers, which included the likes of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The only problem: it was a fake Putin account. Though the description stated it was an official account, it never became Twitter “verified.” The Kremlin recently confirmed its inauthenticity, which led to its demise. Lately, Twitter’s been tougher on suspicious accounts, with the mission to “improve the health” of conversations.


  • Are conversations on Twitter “healthy”?
  • Are you surprised this account thrived for years?


London: An unchecked Twitter account claiming to belong to the Russian President Vladimir Putin has been suspended for six years after it has been undetected.

Vladmir Putin, President of Russia.Credit:AP

The account, (at)putinRF_eng, attracted more than one million followers and was mentioned in tweets sent by several well-known names, including former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina.

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