Russian PM says ‘dasvidaniya’ in hacked tweets

14 Aug 2014

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev supposedly tweeted anti-government sentiment this morning and put forward his resignation, only to be found that his Twitter account had been hacked.

Posted on his Russian-language Twitter account, the people or person behind the hack posted the message: “I am quitting. Ashamed of the government’s actions. Forgive me,” while criticising Russian President Vladimir Putin over the resignation of deputy economy minister Sergei Belyakov over the national budget, according to Bloomberg.

This tweet was then followed up with, “I’ve wanted to say this for a long time: Vova (Vladimir) you’re wrong!” Russian officials then accessed his account and deleted the tweets, but not before his account began trending in Russia.

Speaking to Russian news outlets, a Russian government official, who wanted to remain nameless, simply said, “The Twitter account of the prime minister was hacked and the recent posts about his resignation and plans to become a freelance photographer are false.”

Another message posted prior to its removal discussed this year’s events in Crimea and Russia’s annexation of the formerly Ukrainian territory: “Crimea isn’t ours. Please retweet.”

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic