Obscene Medvedev account tweet embarrasses Kremlin

December 8, 2011 - 10:55 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — President Dmitry Medvedev's affection for going online has turned off-color after an obscene characterization of a prominent opposition figure appeared on his Twitter account.

Medvedev's tweets are usually bland, such as congratulating victorious sports teams. So the post describing popular opposition figure Alexei Navalny as a sheep engaging in an unprintable and unlikely sexual act sparked huge attention.

The Kremlin says the message, a retweet of a posting by United Russia party ideologue and former parliament member Konstantin Rykov, was done by an unnamed member of the president's technical staff. It added "the guilty will be punished."

The post late Tuesday came on the second straight day of large demonstrations in Moscow and other cities by protesters over vote fraud seen in Russia's parliamentary election on Sunday.