Updated: “Putin wants to silence Voice of Russia”–?

UPDATE: I seriously question this VOR twitter account’s authenticity. @VORMoscow looks to be very new, starting on March 19, 2014–the same day VOR announced an end to its shortwave service–obviously not an official VOR account. Either this is a disgruntled VOR staffer posing as VOR English, or (most likely) a VOR listener. By 5:30 UTC on March 22, 2014 @VORMoscow was removed from Twitter: 


Two days ago we learn that the Voice of Russia plans to end all shortwave and medium wave broadcasts as of April 1, 2014.

Yesterday, SWLing Post reader Juan Kulichevsky, noticed this tweet from the new Twitter account @VORMoscow:

VORtweetRequest

Then, about ten hours ago, I notice this tweet among other VOR news items from @VORMoscow:

VOR-PutinTryingToStopVOR

By 5:30 UTC on March 22, 2014, @VORMoscow posted this final tweet before the account was removed from Twitter:

VOR-Fake-Twitter-Acct

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7 Responses to Updated: “Putin wants to silence Voice of Russia”–?

  1. Roger Tidy says:

    Is this latest tweet really from VOR or is it a forgery? Would VOR really post a message with an implied criticism of Putin?

    • Thomas says:

      Roger: I just came to the same conclusion. Did a little extra investigation on this Twitter account which is _very_ new. I should have paid attention to the number of tweets. I believe this to be a hoax account created by an upset listener or staffer. I’ve updated the post and title to reflect.

  2. TP Reitzel says:

    A few weeks ago, I sent an e-mail to the VOR and encouraged them to continue broadcasting on the shortwave bands. I received a reply which stated that my desire was being forwarded to the pertinent staff for consideration. Now, we hear that VOR is allegedly planning to cease broadcasting via shortwave. Until we have more definitive information, I’d suggest that readers write to VOR and state your opinion as I did. Writing might not help, but it won’t hurt, either.

  3. Tudor says:

    Why would Putin “silence” VOR? A couple of days ago during their English broadcast I heard some soviet-style propaganda and lies regarding the situation in Ukraine and against USA and EU. It felt like I was back in the Cold War era. Isn’t this what Putin wants us to hear?

  4. andi says:

    Interesting story…..
    Editor in chief of RT has become the editor in chief of Rossiya Segodnya (which includes VOR).
    It seems VOR might be re branded?? Also explains why she is taking VOR off shortwave.

    “We will stop using obsolete radio broadcasting models, when the signal is transmitted without any control and when it is impossible to calculate who listens to it and where,”

    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_23/Russia-Today-s-English-newswire-to-be-launched-in-April-1119/

  5. W4ASZ says:

    “We will stop using obsolete radio broadcasting models, when the signal is transmitted without any control and when it is impossible to calculate who listens to it and where,”

    Propaganda targeted down to the household level.
    I believe I’ll opt out.

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