Members of the' hacktivist' group Anonymous have published an email from the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi in Russia and announced that they will continue to target pro-government groups.
Anonymous said that they targeted the Nashi movement for its support of the government, which is expanding its control over the internet, with Russian bloggers being paid to support the Kremlin.
Youth movement Nashi is often dubbed 'Putinjugend' for its proclaimed programme objectives and methods. Emails that were linked to the former Nashi spokeswoman Kristina Potupchik detailed payments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for bloggers and journalists for promoting and defending Nashi.
Many bloggers, including the leader of Nashi Nikita Borovikov, denied accepting any money for their writing.
Anonymous stressed that Potupchik came under their magnifying glass after Nashi activists wearing the Guy Fawkes masks [associated with the Anonymous] handed out fake copies of independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta in September 2011.
Since the publication of the emails, there have been calls in Russia for the activities of the Nashi movement to be investigated.