Cyberattacks delay Putin’s remarks at an economic forum in St. Petersburg.

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President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia gave an address on Friday what the Kremlin had billed as an “extremely important” speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum — an annual business conference once known as “Russia’s Davos.”

But just before Mr. Putin was initially scheduled to appear, the Kremlin said his appearance would be delayed by an hour. The reason: “large-scale” distributed denial-of-service cyberattacks on the conference’s computer systems.

The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, said the attacks had taken out of commission the database of conference participants, complicating the process of screening the guests entering the plenary session at which Mr. Putin was to speak.

“Experts are working to fix this problem,” Mr. Peskov told reporters. “We will fix it, but we will need time.”

IT Army of Ukraine, a “hacktavist” group behind a lot of attacks on Russian websites, had earlier flagged the economic forum as a target. “The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is starting today, so let’s ‘visit’ it online together,” the group said on its Telegram channel.

Mr. Putin was expected to appear onstage with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan and Margarita Simonyan, the editor of the state-run television channel RT. Mr. Peskov said that Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt would address the conference by video.

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