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Kremlin Says Cyberattack Delays Putin’s Forum Speech By 1 Hour

  • Putin address to St. Petersburg Forum due at 3pm local time
  • One of his first big speeches since Russian invaded Ukraine
The Saint Petersburg Economic Forum, June 17. 

The Saint Petersburg Economic Forum, June 17. 

Photographer: Contributor/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to delay a highly anticipated speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday after a cyberattack disrupted the system handling access badges to the venue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Putin will speak at 3pm, an hour later than planned, Peskov said, to give technicians time to repair the damage and ensure audience members can enter the hall.