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Apr 30, 2021
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Dimon – the king of social networks

Photo: Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

Photo: Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev (Photo: Ekaterina Shtukina / TASS)

Live VKLive Dmitry Medvedev, the former president and prime minister of the Russian Federation, and now the deputy chairman of the Security Council and concurrently the chief United Russia member, answered questions from users of the social network VKontakte. He touched upon many topics, including his attitude to the four-day sittings and Navalny, and also did not forget to praise himself.

“I have the most subscribers on social networks among Russian officials,” Dmitry Anatolyevich boasted. – I get a lot of warm words there. Someone has great sympathy for my work, someone actively does not accept it, criticizes it. This is absolutely normal. “

Indeed, #VKLive with Dmitry Medvedev was viewed by over a million people per day. As of the end of April, 2.2 M (million) users were subscribed to his account on the social network VKontakte, and posts on American Twitter were viewed by as many as 4.6 million readers.

Here are a couple more figures for comparison: the Facebook page @ Dmitry.Medvedev is liked by 1,340,073 people, and @ Putin.President – only 517,825. Taking into account that the Internet is our everything, it turns out that LADIES are even more popular Gdp

True, on the World Wide Web, the number of followers (subscribers) has long been no longer a criterion for true popularity. On the Runet you can find announcements: “I will sell Russian-speaking subscribers from 0.50 to 1 ruble with a 1-month guarantee.” Yes, it happens that “dead souls” are banned, but rarely. Rumor has it that internet popularizers have branched off from social media, or worse, are affiliated sites with them.

Not expensive, of course, for far from poor politicians such services as mass following, massliking, autodirect, commenting, commenting like. Even the professional slang listed above indirectly indicates the whole industry of virtual social engineering.

“Yeah, he has a million subscribers, which means he’s a celebrity.”, – some users think. However, many users no longer fall for this bait. In particular, only lazy people have long since stopped talking about cheating on YouTube. What is the hazy history of the film Navalny “Putin’s Palace”, which was allegedly viewed by more than 116 million, while opinion polls showed an order of magnitude fewer viewers.

By the way, it will not be difficult to find followers’ sellers: just click on the “keyboard” for a couple of minutes, and offers to help with account promotion will appear. Naturally, not free. In short, in the world of money, you can easily buy a million Russian-speaking followers and, let’s say, three foreign-speaking followers. No, it is unlikely that Dmitry Anatolyevich himself is personally involved in cheating, but it is not a fact that the so-called account managers do not sin with this business. After all, for a drop in the number of subscribers and likes, they can be kicked out. On the contrary, celebrities pay very well for nice numbers.

Of course, as they say, not caught – not a thief, but in any case, “the most subscribers in social networks” is not a measure of popularity, even on the Runet.

However, back to the #VKLive interview with Dmitry Medvedev, which can be called a trial balloon in a new format. It is noteworthy that the pro-government media widely covered this, in principle, a chamber event. Moreover, social networks, being the fiefdom of anti-loyalists, generally act as a direct alternative to pro-government TV and newspapers. So, “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, by the way, the official publication of the Government of the Russian Federation, posted a long article “We got in touch.”

Judging by the tone of this publication, DAM, to some extent, tried on a VVP jacket. Users complained to him directly as a tsar-father, and Dmitry Anatolyevich, of course, promised to deal with the ugliness and injustice of the local authorities.

“Medvedev was informed that in the Moscow region all large families do not pay the transport tax, and in the neighboring Kaluga region the privilege is valid only if the car’s capacity is less than 200 horsepower., – writes RG. – The number of large, large families that have such a car is not so huge in our country. And I think that this drop in earnings will not be fantastic. Let us, within the framework of our party work, do this, “Medvedev responded.”

The LADY also answered the question about the four-day stay. The world is moving towards a four-day work week, he said. What, for example, the user Andrey Mikhalych reasonably noted: “If mechanization changes, there is a decrease in working hours, why a pension (retirement age – Auth.) raised to 65? ” After all, the Russian peasant already lives a little, therefore, it is more logical for him to work when he still has health and strength.

In other words, the Russian people have not forgotten that it was Medvedev who was the main spokesman for the pension consensus of the so-called Russian elite when he began to raise the retirement age to 65/60 at a cannibalistic pace. Of course, such decisions are not made without Putin, but people had a strong feeling that it was the LADIES and fellow oligarchs who could talk about the GDP. As a result, the popularity of Dmitry Anatolyevich fell below the baseboard, despite the @ Dmitry.Medvedev page on the social network, which is liked by more than a million users.

By the way, after Medvedev’s resignation from the post of head of the Cabinet, the expert community, both home-grown and foreign, formed a common position that Medvedev was not kicked out of power, but, on the contrary, he hid the people’s anger. Say, they decided at the top that time heals even less emotional wounds.

So, American Kremlinologists, at the suggestion of Russian experts, believe that DAM left the government at the peak of personal anti-rating, while GDP, if he wanted to be re-elected in 2024, it was more profitable to dismiss Dmitry Anatolyevich in disgrace shortly before the presidential elections in 2024. Say, the popularity of Vladimir Vladimirovich would have reached 99.99%, since people had hope for change.

In other words, all this time the tandem played by the rules of good and bad cop, but the bad cop overdid it and was transferred to another department. Indeed, after 15 months outside of a tough public policy, Medvedev is no longer a target for popular criticism. The people have forgotten that back in 2008, literally a few weeks after his orchestrated victory in the presidential election, the then Ministry of Economic Development, not without the direct participation of the new boss, promised that by 2020 the growing middle class will make up more than half of the population, and the average monthly wage will be $ 2,700 And the Russians will also have at least 100 square meters for a family of three.

For comparison: the average Russian salary of 51,229 rubles, according to Rosstat (for February 2021), is more than 3.5 times less than the promised figures. Recently, top politicians prefer to remain silent about the middle class, which means households with more than 1.25 median per capita incomes (somewhere around 20 thousand per capita). It is better to remain silent about the solution of the housing issue, otherwise it will turn out to be sheer obscenity. Moreover, very many!

The authorities always have excuses, but fewer and fewer people believe in them. Surely, this is precisely why an acute demand for change has matured in our country. There is no doubt that the Kremlin is taking this unpleasant factor into account. Thus, despite the zeroing of presidential terms, none of the serious experts are ready to guarantee one hundred percent Putin’s nomination in 2024. It all depends on how the chip fits.

In this regard, it is logical to regard Medvedev’s gradual return to the media space, including on such popular platforms as social networks, as a probe of public opinion on the topic “How do you like, Dimon?”

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