Russian radio station hacked to play Ukrainian national anthem and ‘we don’t need war’ song

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the country’s media has been hacked more than once
  • Earlier this week, the website of the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities appeared to be hacked
  • When looking for the site, a sign saying ‘Glory to Ukraine’ in the Ukraininan language was found instead, said a report
Moscow: A hacker forced a Russian radio station, which is owned by one of Vladimir Putin‘s “favourite oligarchs”, to abruptly pull off the air after playing an anti-war song and the Ukrainian national anthem, Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

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In the middle of their lunchtime news bulletin, Kommersant FM was suddenly interrupted by the Ukrainian national anthem ‘Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow’ and a song by Russian rock group Nogu Svelo, called ‘We Don’t Need War’.

Daily Mail reported that Uzbek-born billionaire Alisher Usmanov (68) owns the Russian radio station.

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the European Union sanctioned Usmanov by issuing an EU-wide travel ban and freezing his assets. The United States followed suit.

The Official Journal of the European Union described Usmanov as a pro-Kremlin oligarch who has ‘particularly close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’ and one of ‘Putin’s favourite oligarchs’. His radio station was hacked as part of a string of Ukrainian stunts against the Russian media.

According to Daily Mail, Usmanov, who was a shareholder in the English football team Arsenal from 2017 to 2018, is also the fifth wealthiest person in Russia and among the top 100 richest people in the world, with a net worth of USD 19.5 billion.

Meanwhile, Editor-in-chief of Kommersant FM, Alexey Vorobyov, said in a statement: “We really were hacked. Technical specialists are now finding out the origin of this attack, trying to do something with the internet stream.”

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