FSB officers accused of treason blame recruitment
Colonel Mikhailov and Major Dokuchaev had managed to avoid exposure for a long time justifying their frequent interaction with Western intelligence agencies by recruitment.
Sergey Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchaev, former FSB officers from the Cybersecurity Dept that were arrested on treason charges, had been playing a double game. According to an informed source of Interfax, the defendants of the criminal case had managed to avoid exposure for a long time justifying their open interaction with Western intelligence agencies by recruitment of new agents.
The source confirmed that four people have been arrested for treason after having been under surveillance for a long time. The treason was revealed in a secret surveillance and proven by operational and investigative means.
Yesterday, the name of the fourth person charged with treason was stated: a certain Georgy Fomchenkov that had been involved as an expert in the investigation of the DDoS attack on Assist payment system in 2010, according to the Kommersant. In addition, Fomchenkov was reportedly engaged in supporting payment services for porn website owners, spammers and online pharmaceutical sellers in early 2000s.
As we know, the treason case involves FSB Colonel Sergey Mikhailov, Major Dmitry Dokuchaev and former head of Kaspersky Lab’s Computer Incident Investigations Dept Ruslan Stoyanov. They were charged with treason in favor of the US after they allegedly leaked secrets to the American intelligence, investigators claim.
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).