Many governors monitor the accounts of other governors. Moscow Oblast’s Andrey Vorobyev and Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov each have 24 governors who follow them online. Only slightly fewer follow Ingushetia head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and occupied Crimea head Sergey Aksyonov, who have 19 and 18 other governors following them.
That gives these and potentially other governors a new way to reach out to their colleagues as well as to their population. As far as total subscribers are concerned, Chelyabinsk Governor Boris Dubrovsky is the leader. Bochkarova reports that he has 5870 followers on Instagram.
No uniform approach has been decreed; and as a result, there is great variety in what the governors post or react to. Kurgan’ss Vadim Shumkov welcomes complaints posted on line, Karelia’s Artur Parfenchikov in contrast prefers that people send complaints to his email account. Irkutsk governor Sergey Levchenko doesn’t allow anyone to post comments at all.
And it appears, the Petersburg Politics Foundation site says, that there is great variation in the amount of time governors spend on social media, with some using it many times a day and others simply putting up a site so they can conform with what the Kremlin wants but doing little more.