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Georgia: Online Campaign Targets Russian President's Facebook Page

With Russian soldiers stationed in Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, a group of Forum.ge [ka] users proposed to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day on February 23, by posting anti-occupation comments on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's Facebook page [ru].

Cyxymu [ru], a Georgian blogger who was the target of attacks on Facebook, Google Blogger, LiveJournal and Twitter, forcing the latter offline for two hours on 7 August, 2009, posted a photo on Facebook alerting many Georgians to the campaign.

More than 200 users of the social networking site then started to post comments and continue to do so.

Дмитрий Анатольевич, я требую вывода российских оккупационных войск из Грузии!

Dmitry Anatolevich, I demand the withdrawal of Russian occupational forces from Georgia!

An hour later comments started to disappear from the page, reported Cyxymu [ru]. Georgians, however, did not stop posting the comments and taking screenshots of Medvedev's Facebook page.

Facebook users later reported that the page was no longer accessible in Georgia, with some alleging it had been blocked. Later, when it was available, many comments left by Georgians users were found to have been deleted.

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