Twitter’s Great Shuttening of Dissident Voices Continues - Kadyrov’s Account on Chopping Block Next
Here's what Ramzan Kadyrov's Instagram account looks like now: «The link is not valid, or the page was removed.» Kadyrov's Facebook account leads to the ticket search service of the United Airlines.
Kadyrov says that he has devoted his life to fighting terrorism and this is something the US cannot forgive. This is why this media blockade is happening.
Andrey Manoylo, political expert: «Kadyrov's accounts are very popular, many people follow them, because, on one hand, he is a proponent of a strong Russian state, and the most of Russians share these views. On the other hand, he publishes reasonable thoughts there. So, this is probably why the American administration which controls Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter has made the conclusion that his public activities in social media may impose a threat to the national interest of the USA.»
Kadyrov's Twitter account hasn't been blocked yet, but there's a precedent. Someone is trying to make Kadyrov keep his mouth shut.
Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the State Duma: «Thus, Instagram and Facebook have set a dangerous precedent shutting an account for no reason, making it impossible for the well-known politician and blogger to talk to his followers directly. They limit the content by evaluating it from a political standpoint. Doing that, they just compromise themselves when they infringe the essence of democracy, the freedom of speech, and the free flow of information.»
This desire to isolate Kadyrov from the social media means that the US officials, who use the fight for the freedom of speech as their basic argument in political discussions, are crushing this freedom. This is what we call double standards.
Nikita Danyuk, Institute for Strategic Studies and Predictions: «Instagram and Facebook have turned from the spots where a variety of politicians could share opinions into propaganda tools which the US uses skillfully against Russia, in particular.»
Washington is not inclined to provide a stage for those who criticize the USA.
Anyway, Kadyrov doesn’t seem disappointed. He registered instead on Chechen social media, Mylistory.
Ramzan Kadyrov: «From now on, I will publish all the most important news with photos and videos here. The employees of the State Department are allowed to enter this social network with the permission of MFA and the Chechen Government».
Mylistory's full launch is expected after the New Year holidays, but it's already gaining popularity. After Kadyrov created the account, this app has outrun Periscope in downloads.
Arseniy Scheltsin, Institute for Internet Development: «At least, it can become one of the main social media tools in the Chechen Republic. Regional websites, thematic forums, all of them use the same model of development. The audience of this media is large. Even the sites with a very narrow focus may have millions, dozens of millions of users».
Kadyrov's accounts in Vkontakte, Telegram, and LiveJournal are still available. Nowadays, it's difficult to hold a full-scale information blockade.
Generally speaking, this attack against Kadyrov displays the media weakness of the USA for it's much easier to shut somebody up instead of listening and responding properly.