“Computer hackers in Tomsk have been used in the past by the Russian secret service (FSB) to shut websites which promote views disliked by Moscow.
“Such arrangements provide the Russian government with plausible deniability while using so-called ‘hacker patriots’ to shut down websites.”
“'There has been speculation the hackers were Russian. It appears to have been a sophisticated and well-run operation, that had a political motive given the timing in relation to Copenhagen.’”
“Russia is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and lags behind many Western countries in greening its industry.
“However, its emissions plunged in the Nineties as its economy collapsed and it now sits on a treasure trove of unused carbon emission permits that could be sold to other countries.
“These are due to expire in 2012 with the Kyoto Treaty. The Kremlin wants these to be rolled forward and last week signalled they would not sign a new deal without this, threatening the whole Copenhagen summit.”
And besides, wouldn’t it be kind of stupid to be AGAINST global warming if you lived in Siberia?