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Russian Radio Station Hacked to Broadcast Ukrainian National Anthem

The Kommersant FM’s online bulletin was suddenly interrupted to play Ukraine’s anthem and anti-war songs by anti-war hackers to protest against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The online bulletin broadcast of a Russian radio station, Kommersant FM, was interrupted on Wednesday. The content was replaced with the Ukrainian national anthem and antiwar songs. However, the broadcast was quickly taken off the air. The station released the following statement to confirm the hack:

“The radio station has been hacked. The internet stream will soon be reinstated.”

Kommersant FM’s editor-in-chief, Alexey Vorobyov, told the state-owned news agency, Tass, that the online stream was hacked on Wednesday, and their technical specialists were figuring out the attack’s origin.

Details of the Incident

The hackers disrupted the lunchtime bulletin of the targeted radio station, which is Kommersant newspaper’s radio offshoot. BBC Monitoring reporter Francis Scarr tweeted that the radio station played the Ukrainian anthem “Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow.”

Moreover, the hackers played Russian rock band Nogu Svelo! ‘s song titled “We Don’t Need a War,” featuring a quote from Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov which means “a tough guy always keeps his word.”

Check out the recording of the Ukrainian national anthem playing on Kommersant FM after the hacking.

About Kommersant FM

Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov owns the hacked radio station. The US and the EU sanctioned him after the invasion of Ukraine due to his alleged link with the Russian president Putin. However, Usmanov has challenged the sanctions, and a decision is expected soon.

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