It turns out Dmitry Medvedev isn't quitting. But he might want to change his Twitter password.
A flurry of tweets from the official account of the prime minister of Russia confused reporters early on Thursday with the announcement that he was resigning over President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine.
“I am resigning. I am embarrassed by the actions of the government. Forgive me,” a tweet said. Another tweet hijacked the popular KrymNash hashtag which, according to the Moscow Times, translates as "Crimea is ours".
"Crimea is not ours, please retweet," he posted. Another read: "I have long wanted to say. Vova! [Vladimir Putin's nickname] You are wrong!"
Medvedev's twitter was hacked and for glorious 40 minutes we thought we loved him. "I resign, I am ashamed of the government, forgive me."— Yulia Bragina (@YuliaSkyNews) August 14, 2014
Truly hope the nuclear codes are a bit more robust than Medvedev's Twitter password #1234— Oliver Carroll (@olliecarroll) August 14, 2014
But it soon became apparent that Medvedev's account had been compromised when he announced he was planning to quit politics for a career as a photographer.
One tweet also said the government should consider "banning electricity next".
The Cabinet's press service told the tweets, which remained online for at least half and hour, were a hack.
“The circumstances surrounding the hacking are as yet unknown," the statement said. "All the necessary technical steps have been taken to minimize the consequences of the hacking.”Suggest a correction