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A hacker targeted a Russian regional parliament’s website on Tuesday with a statement berating authorities in Moscow and declaring the southern Volga region’s Astrakhan province was leaving the Russian Federation.

Russians largely support President Vladimir Putin’s policies and his popularity received a boost after his annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea territory and for his stance toward eastern Ukraine. However, critics say Putin has clamped down on dissent in recent years, which is now mostly expressed online.

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