The Kremlin appreciated the ex-president’s efforts to intimidate the West and incite hatred.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was able to win the favor of Vladimir Putin and increase his political influence in Russia thanks to his angry social media posts, where he regularly threatens the world with nuclear weapons. Bloomberg writes about this in an article about the military mood in Russia.
The publication notes that in the past Dmitry Medvedev was a representative of the “liberal” wing in Putin’s entourage. However, shortly before the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and already during the war, Medvedev began to regularly publish posts on his social networks with insults to Ukrainian and Western leaders, as well as threats of nuclear war.
According to the publication’s sources, such a public image allowed Medvedev to regain the influence he had lost in the past.
“Medvedev has become one of the most outspoken hardliners. (…) His influence in the Kremlin is growing as Putin appreciates his loyalty. High-ranking officials now regularly attend meetings convened by Medvedev,” the article says.
The publication also states that Putin sent Medvedev on an important diplomatic mission to China, and also gave him extended powers to supervise military production.
Medvedev’s angry posts in social networks
In 2021, Dmytro Medvedev, who had already lost all influence, tried to return to the information agenda by making offensive and bellicose statements against Ukraine. Already 5 months before the Russian invasion, Medvedev said that negotiations with Ukraine made no sense.
In the first days of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Medvedev began to attack Europe as well, directly threatening it with war even for Ukraine’s moral support.
During the following year, Medvedev published many more militant posts on social networks, where he alternately tried to insult Ukrainian and Western politicians in every possible way, then threatened the whole world with nuclear war.