A 19-year-old student who followed Elon Musk’s private jet has now created a Twitter account to follow the whereabouts of Russia’s elite, amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine.
The new Twitter account @RUOligarJetsled by Jack Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida, tracks the takeoff and landing of private jets owned by Russian oligarchs, then sends the locations to more than 167,000 subscribers.
Sweeney’s new follow-up efforts come as Ukraine fights for its sovereignty after Russia invaded the European country under Putin’s direct orders.
In his follow-up, Sweeney found that these Russian-owned jets appeared to be traveling daily despite the harsh financial sanctions and airspace travel restrictions imposed on Russia by President Joe Biden and other Ukraine allies. .
Sweeney uses public data provided by the ADS-B Exchange, a website that collects real-time flight data, to track Russian private jets, just like he does with his other account. @ElonJetwho stalks tech billionaire Musk.
According to Sweeney, these Russian jets are more extravagant than other private jets it is already followed.
“The planes of these oligarchs are absolutely insane,” Sweeney said. told Bloomberg, pointing out that Russia’s wealthiest people travel on commercial-size planes, including the Airbus A319 and Boeing 737. “Their planes are huge compared to other jets.”
Sweeney first made headlines in late January after tech-focused media site Protocol published a profile about the teenager and Musk’s efforts to silence him.
The Twitter account caught the attention of Musk, who asked Sweeney in a direct message, “Can you take this down? It’s a security risk,” according to Business Insider, who obtained a screenshot of the messages.
Musk then offered to buy the account from Sweeney for $5,000, adding that the student would “generally help make it harder for crazies to follow me,” Business Insider reported.