As sneaky as Russia's spooks are, they couldn't keep hackers from commandeering the Twitter account of Dmitri Medvedev, Russia's former president and current prime minister, and tweeting a mock resignation and sundry other jokes in the longtime Putin ally's name.
The Russian-language feed, which has more than 2.5 million followers, was also filled with tweets denouncing the country's president, Vladimir Putin.
The impersonator wrote that Mr Medvedev would be pursuing a new career as a freelance photographer.
Dmitry Medvedev on twitter: "I'm resigning. I'm shamed by the actions of the govt. Forgive me." Nice work, hackers. pic.twitter.com/r7D2iYrBDd
— Oliver Carroll (@olliecarroll) August 14, 2014
The hackers also weighed in on the Ukraine crisis through Medvedev's account:
— Jelena Prtoric (@yellena_p) August 14, 2014
Shaltay-Boltay, which claims to be allied with Anonymous, has been a pain in Russia's double-eagled butt for some time, publicly dumping private emails from Kremlin insiders and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the hackers tweeted a bunch of other stuff from Medvedev's account, including a bitchy message for President Vladimir Putin, using his diminutive nickname.
"Been wanting to say this for a long time," the tweet read. "Vova, you're wrong!"
[Photo credit: AP Images]