Putin’s spokesman and campaign official Dmitry Peskov said the website fell victim to a hacker attack in its early hours and some of the anti-Putin messages were spam. He denied that any messages were blacklisted for political reasons.
"All this fuss with calls for resignation is a kind of computer game that children are playing at. It has nothing to do with constructive dialogue," Peskov said.
Putin also unveiled his draft programme for the March presidential poll, which acknowledged Russians’ desire for faster change but barely touched on issues such as corruption and political reform, the subject of many voters’ complaints.