Former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev posted a message on social media questioning the sovereignty of former Soviet countriesbefore deleting the post and attributing it to a “hack”.
The message, on the popular Russian social network VKontakte, he called the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan an “artificial state” and accused the Central Asian country of committing “genocide” against its Russian population.
The post, shared with 2.2 million Medvedev followers on the platform too said that the Caucasus nation of Georgia “did not exist” before becoming part of the Russian empire in the 19th century.
The message was deleted shortly after it was posted. An aide to the Russian politician, one of President Putin’s closest allies, said the social media account had been “hacked”.
“Vkontakte administrators and (relevant authorities) will deal with those who hacked the page, wrote and posted the deleted post”Medvedev’s aide Oleg Osipov told the news agency RIA Novosti.
Medvedevnow deputy head of the Security Council, was president for a period between 2008 and 2012.
He was elected to office in hopes of democratic change, but these were shattered when Medvedev gave up his bid for a second term and he swapped posts with then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Since the beginning of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine and the unprecedented onslaught of sanctions, the The 56-year-old former lawyer has become increasingly aggressive in his rhetoric and has openly criticized Western countries.
Recently, the former Russian president again threatened the survival of the Ukrainian statenoting that the country “could disappear from the world map.”
“After the 2014 coup, Ukraine lost its state independence and fell under the direct control of the collective West, just as it began to believe that NATO would guarantee its security,” he said. “As a result of all current events, Ukraine may lose what remains of its state sovereignty and disappear from the world map.Medvedev added.
Last monthcalled “degenerates” those who “hate” Russia and promised to work to “make them disappear”, invoked the possibility of nuclear war.
The United States and its allies criticized Russia for its “irresponsible and dangerous” rhetoric on nuclear weapons.