Court extends custody to Shaltay-Boltay leader
The case file is expected to be sent to the Prosecutor's Office for approval of the indictment late in May.
The Moscow City Court extended the custody for the leader of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group until July 8, RIA Novosti reported. The offender is accused of illegal access to computer information under the Russian law.
The court therefore granted the request of the prosecution to extend Anikeev’s detention term. The FSB had concerns that if released, the hacker would disappear, since he had good conspiracy skills. The investigator added that not all of the accomplices have been identified yet.
Anikeev's lawyer asked the court to release his client for a written undertaking not to leave the place. The accused himself left the issue to court’s discretion.
As Anikeev's attorney Khazret Bizhoev told Interfax, his client was willing to pay damages. "He is an expert. Once he is out, he’ll easily get a job, earn the money and reimburse," said the lawyer. He added that Anikeev had no money at the moment.
Bizhoev also stated that so far there have been no claims for damages, but they may appear during the trial. The lawyer said that Anikeev publicly apologized, RIA Novosti wrote. Currently, the accused familiarizes himself with the case file, having already read five out of the nine volumes. Bizhoev believes that by the end of May the case will be sent to the Prosecutor's Office that will confirm the indictment.
The case involves three people, namely Vladimir Anikeev, Konstantin Teplyakov and Alexander Filinov. All three defendants are charged under part 3 of Art. 272 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Access to Computer Information by a group of persons). Anikeev made a deal with the investigation, Filinov pleaded not guilty. Anikeev’s attorney Ruslan Koblev told RBC that Teplyakov admitted his guilt. Filinov and Teplyakov, as well as Anikeev, are in custody. They were arrested in November 2016.
Alexander Glazastikov, the fourth member of the group, who remains at large, revealed his name in February. He said he was in Estonia and was going to ask for political asylum there.
Shaltay Boltay hacker group was engaged in interception of correspondence and would attack accounts of high-ranking officials and businessmen. The hackers would then sell the information they had online. As RBC reported in April referring to Ruslan Koblev, presidential aide Andrei Belousov and TV host Dmitry Kiselev were recognized as victims in the case.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).