Twitter mocks ‘Kremlin List’ for copy-pasting Forbes list of Russia’s richest
The entire Russian government was included in the US Treasury’s ‘Kremlin List,’ which also featured many influential businessmen. The report explained that the people were selected on the basis of “individuals’ official position in the case of senior political figures, or a net worth of $1 billion or more for oligarchs.”
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Twitter promptly reacted, saying that copy-pasting from Forbes “undermines credibility.” Others tweeted that it was too broad and thus counterproductive.
It is as if instead of punishing specific people for specific wrongdoings, they decided to punish Russians for being Russians.— Leonid Ragozin (@leonidragozin) January 30, 2018
It also listed over a hundred political figures, which included the entire Russian government. RBC reporter Andrey Zakharov pointed out that the first part of the list repeats the “Major staff and key officials” page on the Kremlin’s website.
Wonder why the Trump administration's list of the Russian presidential administration is not alphabetized? It's the exact copy of the English-language list on the Kremlin's website, with two names swapping places https://t.co/hITVWvKfKA via @ARothWP— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@NatVasilyevaAP) January 30, 2018
Meanwhile, the editor-in-chief of Echo of Moscow challenged the US Treasury, saying that he could have come up with the same list of Russian oligarchs in 20 minutes, instead of the months it took Washington.
Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul retweeted Echo’s, post saying that he could have done in 15.
McFaul then added “I agree” in Russian. He also called it “ridiculously broad & thus meaningless.”
ok, maybe. But that future act could have been done without this ridiculously broad & thus meaningless list. Listing whole GOR is a joke. & you know there are oligarchs on there that dont have close ties to Putin. Just the opposite. & some that do not listed. Its sloppy work. https://t.co/9plFlv6OxJ— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) January 30, 2018