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Russian Anonymous hacktivists vow to wreck Putin’s inauguration

A group of hackers calling themselves the Russian branch of the Anonymous Movement promised to launch cyber attacks on the websites of the Russian state agencies to support the opposition.

The hackers announced their intent by posting videos on two micro-blogs. In these videos they said that the Russian government website will be subjected to DDOS attack on May 6, and on May 7 the same will happen with the prime minister’s site.

May 7 is the day when Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin will be inaugurated as the President of Russian Federation. The hackers said that the attacks will be held in support of the “mass rally against the illegitimate elections,” apparently meaning the 5000-strong opposition rally, dubbed by the media as the March of Millions.

“We will support this protest by switching off the state websites that are full of lies, and the website of the Russian government will be the first. Let these civil servants see the love of the people who elected them at these ‘most honest and transparent elections in Russian history’. Just a few simple actions will bring the rotten and corrupt system to the appropriate crash. It will ruin itself,” the video address says.

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“The first target is the website of the Russian government, which was formed through deception and fraud,” intoned a heavily-distorted voice on a YouTube clip featuring images of this winter’s mass anti-Putin protests. “Join us! All it takes is a few simple actions to bring this rotten and corrupt system to its logical end.”

The Russian branch of Anonymous hacked and disabled earlier this year two websites belonging to regional branches of United Russia, the party Putin headed until last month.

At least two demonstrations are due to take place in Moscow on the eve of Putin’s return to the Kremlin for a third term. Putin was forced to step down in 2008 by a constitution that forbids more than two successive terms, but is silent on further stints.

Both last December’s parliamentary polls and Putin’s landslide victory at March 4 presidential elections were marred by allegations of vote fraud.

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