Hacked Russian Radio Station Broadcasts Ukrainian National Anthem

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To the surprise of its listeners, a major Russian radio station started playing the Ukrainian anthem and a series of anti-war songs.

The station was hacked on Wednesday, according to the Moscow Times. A YouTube clip recorded the broadcast, capturing the snafu.

Kommersant FM, the radio affiliate of the Kommersant newspaper, was due to broadcast its midday bulletin when it was interrupted by the Ukrainian military anthem “Oh the red viburnum in the meadow”. according to BBC. The country’s national anthem followed, and then came “I Don’t Need War” by Russian rock band Nogu Svelo.

Alexey Vorobyov, editor-in-chief of Kommersant FM, told Russian news agency Tass that the online feed had been hijacked.

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“We were really hacked,” he said. “Technical specialists are now discovering the origin of this attack, trying to do something with the Internet flow.”

Kommersant is owned by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, Russia’s fifth-richest person, who is “one of Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarchs,” according to Business Insider. Usmanov was sanctioned by the United States after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The hack is the latest stunt that has seen Russian media programs interrupted by anti-war messages. In May, Russian TV shows were hacked to display anti-war messages on the same day the country celebrated its national military festival.

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