Russians celebrate North Korea after H-bomb test claims

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Some Russians celebrated North Korea after the country claimed it tested a hydrogen bomb in its northeastern region on Wednesday morning local time. They championed the alleged underground test as an affront to the U.S. and an assertion of North Korea's "brave" independence.

The shouts of praise from some Russians reverberated across social media, mostly among right-wing circles on the popular networking site Vkontakte, despite Russia's official condemnation of nuclear testing by a country with which Russia shares a tiny border. Leaders worldwide have slammed the alleged test as a threat and a provocation, although there are doubts about the claim and North Korea's ability to test the extremely powerful weapon.

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Some complimented North Korea for disobeying the will of other countries by making its own "brave decisions." "North Korea is a small and a proud country that lives by its own rules and not by anyone else's will," Alexander Tolyattinsky, from the Russian city of Tolyatti, wrote on Vkontakte. Others celebrated the alleged test for interfering with American interests. "I like how North Korea doesn't give a damn about the U.S.," David Melikov, from the Russian town of Luga, wrote. "(It's) one of only a few countries that can act like that."

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Russians celebrate North Korea after H-bomb test claims
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - DECEMBER 12th, 2015: Figure 1B. Dual mining cart tracks established at new tunnel site. Date: December 12, 2015. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - DECEMBER 12th, 2015: Figure 2B. Activity at the North Portal spoil pile. Date: December 12, 2015. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - MARCH 27th, 2015: Figure 2a. No camouflage covering the West Portal tunnel entrance at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in North Korea. Date: March 27, 2015. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - MARCH 27th, 2015: Figure 6a. Construction material visible at the Main Support Area at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in North Korea. Date: March 27, 2015. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - MAY 16, 2015: Figure 1. Low level of activity at the West Portal at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in North Korea. Date: May 16, 2015 (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - MAY 16, 2015: Figure 5. Areas that have been logged at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in North Korea. Date: May 16, 2015. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - APRIL 9th, 2015: New Nuclear Test Tunnel Under Construction at North Koreas Punggye-ri. Figure 2. Construction related to a new portal at North Koreas nuclear test site. Photo date: April 9, 2015. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - MAY 16, 2015: Figure 6b. An old building has been re-roofed and a new building has been erected at the Main Support Area at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in North Korea. Date: May 16, 2015 (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - MAY 31, 2010: Figure 2A. DigitalGlobe imagery of the West Portal of the Punngye Nuclear Facility in May 2010. Published on 38 North. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11, 2015: Figure 5A. The adjacent pad has been paved. Date: February 11, 2015 -- published on 38 North. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - JANUARY 11, 2015: Figure 4A. Pavement installed around the large domed building. Date: January 11, 2015 -- published on 38 North. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - JANUARY 11, 2015: Figure 2B. The South Tunnel Portal in deep shadow. Date: January 11, 2015 -- published on 38 North. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - JANUARY 11, 2015: Figure 1B. Construction in January at the West Portal. Date: January 11, 2015 -- published on 38 North. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE, NORTH KOREA - JANUARY 11, 2015: Figure 3B. Little activity at the Main Support Area. Note: image rotated. Date: January 11, 2015 -- published on 38 North. (Photo DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images)
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Others, however, seemed to support Russia's official position, sharing links of their leaders' comments on the issue.

North Korea's announcement that it conducted an underground test of a hydrogen bomb came not long after a 5.1-magnitude seismic event was registered near the nation's nuclear testing site. The claim has not been confirmed, and skeptics question if the tremor was substantial enough in size to indicate the country actually tested an H-bomb.

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Translation: "The official reaction of the leader of North Korea on Obama's suggestion to pose sanctions against Moscow."

Translation: "Expert says that even if North Korea has a hydrogen bomb it won't use it against its neighbors."

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