Co-founder of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group put on international wanted list

Co-founder of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group put on international wanted list
Hacker Alexander Glazastikov Photo: AP/Scanpix

Alexander Glazastikov, who is hiding in Estonia, has been arrested in absentia.

The Lefortovo District Court of Moscow has arrested in absentia and put on the international wanted list one of the co-founders of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group Alexander Glazastikov, whom the investigation accuses of tampering with the mail of famous people from the president’s entourage.

Glazastikov have been seeking asylum in Estonia and may still be there. The two-month arrest period will be counted from the moment the hacker is detained or extradited to Russia. The official charge is Illegal Access to Computer Information committed by a group of persons by previous concert (part 3 of Art. 272 of the Russian Criminal Code).

In August 2018, another Shaltay-Boltay founder – Vladimir Anikeev – was released. The court sentenced him to two years in colony, but Anikeev served half the term in remand prison.

In September 2017, the court sentenced two more members of the hacker group, Konstantin Teplyakov and Aleksandr Filinov, to three years in colony. The meetings were held without examination of the evidence, since the defendants pleaded guilty.

Shaltay-Boltay gained fame after the publication of correspondence by former Press Secretary of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Natalya Timakova, journalist Dmitry Kiselev, Presidential Aide Andrey Belousov, and other high-ranking civil servants and famous people.

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