(NBC) If the theft of 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee caused political shockwaves in the U.S., allegations that Moscow was behind the hack have barely registered a ripple back in Russia.
Many U.S. officials and cyber security experts in and out of government are convinced state-sponsored Russian hackers were behind the leak.
President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied involvement, with his spokesman Dmitry Peskov telling reporters Tuesday that "when you talk about suspicions concerning a country you must at least be concrete and exact," according to state-run news agency RIA Novosti.
Beyond that, however, the story has gained surprisingly little traction. […]
The media is likely following orders from the Kremlin, according to Professor Nikolai Petrov, a political analyst at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He said the Russian government is waiting for the U.S. campaign to wrap, hoping to restart relations with the winning candidate.
"Without state media attracting attention to the story, it went unnoticed as most hacking stories here do," said Petrov, referencing other instances where Russians have been implicated in international cybersecurity cases. […]
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