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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

Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


AmChams Procurement Committee Meeting is at 9 a.m. this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.



Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


Look for the latest fall fashions at the Autumn Market today in Freedom Anticafe at 7 Kazanskaya Ulitsa. The minimarket plans to offer clothes more flattering than the puffy jackets that are a staple of the citys cold-weather fashion, while offering the same amount of protection from the biting winds blowing off of the Baltic.



Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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