Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's deputy prime minister, is among the officials whose U.S. assets were frozen because of their support for Crimea's vote to break away from Ukraine and join with Russia.
Rogozin posted a snarky tweet directed at "comrade" Obama that brushed off the sanctions as ineffective. He asked in English if the President thought about how to punish those Russian politicians who didn't own property abroad or keep their money in U.S. banks:
Comrade @BarackObama, what should do those who have neither accounts nor property abroad? Or U didn't think about it?)http://t.co/16KUTJPXOl
— Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin) March 17, 2014
I think some prankster prepared the draft of this Act of the US President)— Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin) March 17, 2014
Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov, who was also hit by sanctions, tweeted a photoshopped image of Obama wearing a Russian colonel's uniform with an equally snarky caption. According to NBC News' translation, Akysonov wrote "I wonder if Barack will be promoted to colonel after the successful campaign to return Crimea?"
Интересно, после проведения успешной компании по возвращению Крыма, Барак получит полковника? pic.twitter.com/GYhW2jF4zA
— Сергей Аксенов (@sergyaksenov) March 17, 2014
Translation of #Crimea PM tweet: "I wonder if Barack will be promoted to colonel after the successful campaign to return Crimea?"
— James Novogrod (@JamieNBCNews) March 17, 2014