DDoS attacks, just another political tactic in Russia?

Feb 21, 2012

Demian Kudryavtsev, the executive director of Kommersant newspaper, a leading publication in Russia on economics and business, has demanded the Ministry of Interior start a case against Kristina Potupchik, the press secretary for Nashi, the pro-Putin youth group.  In his blog, Kudryavtsev blames Potupchik for the recent DDoS attacks on Kommersant’s website.

Potupchik is known for her aggressive propaganda and support of Putin. In her blog, for example, she frequently turns to allegations and insults towards well-known individuals. Most famously she directed  her blunt insult to Yuri Shevchuk, a famous rock pianist and vocal critic of Putin, after a concert in support of  protecting the Khimki forest in 2010.

The reason for this DDoS attack against Kommersant may be in response to the publication of an email exchange between Potupchik and Jakimenko, the head of the Russian Committee for Youth Support (Росмолодёжь), where they discussed paying prominent bloggers to publish posts and comments in support of Putin.

About the Author

Alaksiej Lavoncyk

Alaksiej Lavonczyk is a media activist and social media expert from Minsk, Belarus. He had been in charge of the training projects for the NGOs and media on building their capacity in online campaigning and end-user security. Alaksiej had also acted as a consulting and technical expert for NGOs and media in Belarus and four countries of Central Asia (except Turkmenistan) on upgrading media/NGO websites to meet contemporary standards, and on their promotion online. Alaksiej is also running an online training centre for the Central Asians preparing the specialists in SMO promotion.
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