UK hackers, who do not like the idea of Prime Minister David Cameron trying to improve relations with the Russians, have taken out the website of the local embassy.
It is during the first visit by a British leader to Moscow since the 2006 killing in London of a Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko.
The UK was outraged when a dissident was murdered. Not only was the murder conducted on British soil, but radioactive polonium-210 was put into tea, which is just not cricket.
When the trail lead to Russia, the authorities appeared to be uncooperative, particularly when Inspector Knacker of the Yard said it wanted to finger the collar of Andrei Lugovoy, an ex-KGB bodyguard.
Relations between Russia and the UK were as sour as month old milk until Cameron came into power and wanted it all to be water under the bridge.
According to Reuters, the embassy said it had set up a “mirror” website (www.rusemborguk.ru) to meet the increased interest of the public and media for information before Cameron flies to Russia on Sunday.
But the website of the Russian Embassy in London (www.rusemb.org.uk) was brought down by a suspected DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack, the embassy said in a statement.
The website carries articles by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and by Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to London, on Cameron’s 24-hour visit.