If President Volodymyr Zelensky is the face of Ukraine’s conflict with Russia, then Ukraine vice prime-minister Mykhailo Fedorov is the force why big tech is now penalising Russia. The youngest cabinet minister has “turned a staid government Twitter account into a cannon” to shame the world’s biggest tech companies.
Through the official Ukraine Twitter account, Fedorov has been tagging Elon Musk and Tim Cook, appealing to all big tech companies for fund collections for Ukraine.
After Fedorov’s tweet to Musk elicited a response and the latter provided Ukraine with Starlink stations, Fedorov is throwing non-stop missives to ensure more and more sanctions on Russia. His personal Twitter account has surged to over 186,000 followers from just 98 a year ago.
While some of the tech giants have not severed ties with Russia completely, all have announced actions ranging from restrictions on the spread of Russian state-owned media to resisting Kremlin requirements.
A 31-year-old businessman, Fedorov is the youngest minister of Ukraine, who had managed Zelensky’s digital campaign in Ukraine for the presidential elections. As a minister of Ukraine’s digital transformation, Fedorov has travelled around the world and met officials of the top tech companies.
Fedorov and his team responsible for running this global campaign against Russia are in an undisclosed location away from the attacks in Kyiv.