Russian TV channels hacked with anti-war messages in the middle of Putin’s speech

Today is May 9, a very special date for Russia: today they celebrate Victory Day, that May 9, 1945 in which the USSR managed to defeat the tyranny of the Nazis in the 2nd World War. Today, like the Independence Day of the United States, local patriotism is through the roof, and as such Russia celebrates a parade showing the world its weapons, a mixture of modern weapons and authentic relics of the Cold War. And as such, this day has Vladimir Putin launching a speech extolling mother Russia on the airwaves.

But this year the thing has gone somewhat ‘accident’.

Victory Day in Russia

Imagine that you are the leader of a nation proud of its military might, and that it does not recognize that it is at war against another country after having invaded it, but carrying out a “preemptive attack. Imagine that you are spouting the usual patriotic slur that all presidents spout when they celebrate their Armed Forces Day. And imagine that, in the middle of a speech, anti-war messages get on the air… Well, that happened today in Russia.

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As reported by the English BBC, the Russian president’s speech was interrupted by hackers who hijacked the signal before thousands of soldiers in Red Square and millions of Russians at home to declare that everyone has “hands stained with blood”. Putin made a rare public appearance in Moscow today as the country celebrated Victory Day, marking the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany.

The leader was greeted with a display of military might, including thousands of Russian soldiers. But the hackers managed to intercept the broadcasts of several Russian channels and inserted a caption on the hacked screens. And the big canals, like Channel One, Russia-1 and NTV-Plus They saw this message superimposed on their direct:

“The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their children is on your hands. Television and the authorities lie. No to war.”

Also on pro-Kremlin news websites

A shorter than usual speech, Putin’s speech he drew a parallel between the war against Adolf Hitler’s army in World War II and the invasion of Ukraine, noting that the war was necessary because Western forces were “preparing the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.

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But not only live have there been hacks, but apparently, Similar messages have been posted on the website of the pro-government Russian publication ‘Lenta’, but by two of its staff. According to the independent Latvian-based news site Meduza, on the Lenta website there were about 20 different messages criticizing the war and/or the Russian leadership on the Lenta website. Among the slogans, which have already been deleted, are the following:

“Vladimir Putin has become a pitiful and paranoid dictator”

“Russian authorities have forbidden journalists to talk about the negative”

“Russia threatens to destroy the entire world”

“War makes it easier to cover up economic failures”

“Zelensky has turned out to be cooler than Putin”

The material was removed from the site, but a cached version is still visible. Meduza says that they were all accompanied by the phrase “Disclaimer: This material is not agreed with management.”

Two employees of the pro-Kremlin publication took responsibility for the “performance“, adding that they were now out of Russia and that they had written that they would probably need work, lawyers and political asylum.

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