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Russian PM's office denies spoof tweet saying he quits

Published on Aug 14, 2014 5:06 PM
 
Hackers on Thursday, Aug 14, 2014, broke into the Twitter account of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and posted a spoof message saying he was quitting. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Hackers on Thursday broke into the Twitter account of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and posted a spoof message saying he was quitting.

The fake tweet had Mr Medvedev saying: "I am resigning. I am ashamed of the government's actions. I'm sorry." Mr Medvedev's office rushed to confirm his account was hacked.

Mr Medvedev is often the butt of jokes in Russia, with some people accusing him of being the puppet of President Vladimir Putin. Using the diminutive of Mr Putin's first name, the hacker tweeted: "I have long wanted to tell you. Vova! You are wrong!"

There was disappointment among many in Russia's Internet-savvy middle class after Mr Medvedev stepped down from the presidency to allow Mr Putin to return for a third Kremlin term in 2012, a decision that sparked big street protests in Moscow.

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