Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying that "patriotic" hackers may have meddled in the 2016 United States Election. Putin also states that these hackings were not state-backed. I find that to most likely be a lie. It seems clear that Putin is gradually moving towards accepting that the Russian Government played a part in meddling with the election. I think it's only a matter of time until it comes out that these Russian "Patriots" were state-backed.