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Anonymous Rally in Anti-Putin Protests

Ioana Jelea

May 11, 2012

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Anonymous Rally in Anti-Putin Protests

In keeping with its tradition of politically minded hacks, Anonymous sent a message of support to the anti-Putin movement by DDoS-ing the Russian leader`s online palace, kremlin.ru. This is supposedly part of OpDefiance, a new campaign the hacktivists launched with a view to protesting against the unfair electoral process that brought Vladimir Putin back into the saddle.

According to a warning video posted by Anonymous and addressing, as always, “the citizens of the world”, the hacktivists decided to symbolically join a march against the Moscow leader that was supposed to take place on May 6. In their awe-inducing video, Anonymous said they stand ready to “[take] down government information resources” and called for solidarity: “said government having been assembled by an array of lies and electoral fraud, we ask for your help in this operation”. When justifying their actions, the hacktivists took the high moral ground approach and painted a very dramatic picture of today`s Russian society: “these politicians steal from us, imprison innocent people while using law enforcement authorities as their lap dogs and they get away with it[“¦]”.

This is probably not the last we will hear about the Anonymous exploits on Russian soil as anti-Putin protests are likely to continue for a while.



Ioana Jelea

Ioana Jelea has a disturbing (according to friendly reports) penchant for the dirty tricks of online socialization and for the pathologically mesmerizing news trivia.

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