Dmitry Medvedev, Russia President, Shocks With Twitter Obscenity

(Note strong language in paragraph 4)

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev caused shock and jeers on Wednesday after an obscene
insult directed at political opponents appeared on his official
Twitter feed.

The Kremlin chief and his more powerful mentor Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin have been facing growing opposition to
their rule by protesters who say parliamentary elections on
Sunday were not fair.

The offensive post appeared to have been retweeted
on the MedvedevRussia feed at 33 minutes past midnight,
according to cached copies of the feed and a notification of the
post received by a Reuters reporter.

"It has become clear that if a person writes the expression
'party of swindlers and thieves' in their blog then they are a
stupid sheep getting f@cked in the mouth :)" the post read.

The phrase "Party of swindlers and thieves" is used by the
opposition to describe Medvedev's ruling United Russia party. It
was coined by prominent anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny,
who was sentenced to 15 days in prison on Tuesday for his role
in the anti-Putin protests.

The Kremlin said "an improper retweet" had appeared on
Medvedev's account and blamed an unidentified official for
having interfered with the feed. "The guilty will be punished,"
it said in a statement.

The retweet of such an embarrassing post appeared to run
contrary to Medvedev's image as an educated, Twitter-savvy

Reports of the Twitter mishap immediately garnered thousands
of hits on Russian-language websites, with one headline reading:
"Medvedev loses control of his own Twitter." Others expressed
shock at such crude language from a Kremlin chief.

The original tweet can be seen here:

(Reporting By Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo)