September 25, 2022
Elon Musk’s ‘Combat Challenge’ to Vladimir Putin prompts a joke in Russia

The Kremlin may have challenged billionaire Elon Musk to battle President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but several Russian officials have stepped in to defend their leader by mocking Musk online.

The cynical Tesla CEO tweeted on Monday: “I challenge Vladimir Putin to a singles contest”, with Ukraine at stake. The head of Russia’s space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, who in the past had scorned Musk as a rival space rocket maker, quoted a poem the same day as “young little devil, too weak to compete with me”. Responded citing.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian region of Chechnya and Putin’s ally, addressed Musk with the feminine Russian first name Ilona, ​​which sounds similar to Elon, telling him that he had Putin, a judo fan, and “terror” to fight. Lack of physical strength. of the West”.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) will look like a non-player when you beat a weak opponent like you,” Kadyrov wrote, suggesting that Musk must first gain some muscle to “transform from a gentle Ilona to a manly Elon”. Must be pumped.

Musk hit back on Tuesday, saying in a tweet that Kadyrov signed “Alyona” he would have “a lot of mileage” after training. “If he’s afraid to fight, I’ll agree to use only my left hand and I’m not left-handed either,” he wrote.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov announced on Wednesday that he had booked the profile name “Alona” on his messaging app and was waiting for Musk to start using it, with Kadyrov quickly suggesting that Durov change it to Ilona. Gave. Nevertheless, Kadyrov later said in a post that he respected Musk for his character and strong will.

Asked about the online wrangling, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday: “We don’t follow it. We haven’t been reading Twitter for a long time.”

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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