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Russia's Mysterious 'Kompromat' Leakers Blocked

Published: July 28, 2014 (Issue # 1821)



  • A screen capture of the group's site made on Monday morning.
    Photo: SPT

The Russian government on Sunday blocked access to the website of Shaltai Boltai, a mysterious group that has been leaking what it claims to be the documents and e-mails of high-ranking officials involved in ongoing events in Ukraine.

The leaked materials purport to elucidate shadowy dealings behind the annexation of Crimea, covert operations in eastern Ukraine and the inner workings of Russia's state-run media.

On Sunday, however, visitors to the group's website were greeted with the message: "This site has been blocked by order of the government of Russia."

Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications watchdog, sought the website's closure last Wednesday. It was shut down on Sunday in accordance with a St. Petersburg court order tied to a civil lawsuit, according to Lenta.ru. The group's Twitter account was also blocked.

The group, named for the Russian version of nursery rhyme character Humpty Dumpty, took the Russian blogosphere by storm last year after publishing the text of President Vladimir Putin's annual New Year's greeting to the nation before he had made it.

Ever since then, the group has periodically released new materials of an incriminating nature, often referred to as "kompromat." After Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, the group published e-mails allegedly sent from government officials detailing Russia's involvement in the peninsula's referendum. Later, the group released details on pro-Kremlin journalists who were rewarded by Putin for their coverage of Crimea.

As of Monday morning, the group's site was accessible from outside of Russia.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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