The Kremlin strongman and, for many, Putin’s successor took to Twitter with his nightmarish predictions for 2023. The post went viral when Elon Musk responded to it.
Thousands of users accused the Tesla founder of pro-Russian propaganda, while replies to Medvedev’s initial tweet numbered in the tens of thousands.
On the New Year’s Eve, everybody’s into making predictions
Many come up with futuristic hypotheses, as if competing to single out the wildest, and even the most absurd ones.
Here’s our humble contribution.
What can happen in 2023:
— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) December 26, 2022
However, the predictions that Medvedev presented in the tweet seem to indicate more sarcastic propaganda than political prediction. Look what he wrote:
Many exercise in futuristic hypotheses, competing in the proposal of the most unexpected and even absurd. We will also do our part.
What could happen in 2023:
- An increase in oil prices to $150 per barrel and gas prices to $5,000 per 1,000 cubic meters. m.
- Britain’s return to the European Union.
- The collapse of the European Union after the return of Great Britain and the abolition of the circulation of the euro as the currency of the former EU.
- The capture by Poland and Hungary of the western regions of the former Ukraine.
- The creation of the Fourth Reich on the basis of Germany and the satellites that joined it (Poland, the Baltic countries, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, the Kyiv Republic, and other outcasts).
- War between France and the Fourth Reich. Partition of Europe, including a new partition of Poland.
- Separation of Northern Ireland from the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and accession to the Republic of Ireland.
- American Civil War, separation of California and Texas into independent states. Creation of the union state of Texas and Mexico. The subsequent victory of Elon Musk during the US presidential election in some of the states assigned to the Republicans after the civil war.
- Transfer of all major stock exchanges and financial activity from the USA and Europe to Asia.
- The collapse of the Bretton Woods financial system, including the collapse of the IMF and the World Bank. Rejection of the euro and the dollar as world reserve currencies. The return of the gold standard. Transition to the active use of digital fiat currencies.
Happy New Year to you, Anglo-Saxon friends and their happily grunting gilts!
Medvedev’s message provoked a response from Elon Musk, who was even considered pro-Russian after he called the post of Russian vice president “epic.”
Those are definitely the most absurd predictions I’ve ever heard, while also showing astonishing lack of awareness of the progress of artificial intelligence and sustainable energy.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 27, 2022
Hours later and after much outrage, Elon Musk clarified, writing: “These are by far the most absurd predictions I’ve ever heard, and they also show a striking ignorance of advances in artificial intelligence and sustainable energy.”
Wasserman: Why Medvedev wrote this forecast
State Duma deputy and publicist Anatoly Wasserman, in a conversation with ForPost, recalled that Dmitry Medvedev in the West and in Russia is still perceived as a bearer of liberal views, which, however, no longer corresponds to reality.
“Medvedev has long been a symbol of the liberal wing of the Russian authorities. Now Medvedev is telling the West with similar articles that it is not necessary to count on him. At the same time, with his speeches, including this article, he brings information about the real state of affairs to those who are still oriented towards the liberals and knowingly believe that Putin will deceive them. That is, there is an expectation that if these people do not perceive the president’s words in principle, then they will listen to Medvedev’s opinion. Finally, Putin and Medvedev have a different style of speaking. Therefore, Medvedev’s text is also addressed to those who are sensitive not only to content, but also to style. For these people, it is important that the same thoughts are available in different versions of the presentation.”, Wasserman explained.
According to the expert, the initiative to write this article came from Medvedev himself, but most likely, the final text of the publication was agreed upon at the highest level. By the way, yesterday, December 27, President Vladimir Putin appointed Dmitry Medvedev for the post of First Deputy Chairman of the Commission on the military-industrial complex.
“Previously, we did not have such a position at all, but the volume of work of this commission has increased many times because we oppose the military industry of the entire NATO, which means we must increase the efficiency of our military-industrial complex. Because of this, the load on the commission is greatly increased, and the president has enough other, no less serious tasks. At the same time, only a person who fully supports and shares the ideas of the head of state and is fully capable of conveying these ideas to everyone connected with the defense complex could be appointed to this position.”, Wasserman explained this appointment.