FSB officers’ high treason case gets only one count
The investigation is completed, and soon the defendants will go on trial.
The Investigative Directorate of the FSB completed the investigation of a high-profile criminal case on the high treason, which main characters are former high-ranking officers of the Information Security Center (ISC) of the Federal Security Service Sergey Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchaev. In the near future, they will get acquainted with the materials of the investigation and go on trial.
The criminal case under Art. 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (High Treason) consists of more than 20 volumes, and it took about a year and a half to investigate it. The other day, the four figurants began to review the materials of the investigation, in which, as Kommersant writes, there is only one criminal episode.
The Moscow District Military Court will hold the trial in closed session. In cases involving espionage, only the operative part of the judgment can be announced.
Recall that former chief of the 2nd department of the ISC FSB Sergey Mikhailov and his deputy Dmitry Dokuchaev, as well as head of the computer incidents investigation department of Kaspersky Lab Ruslan Stoyanov and businessman Georgy Fomchenkov, were detained in early December 2016 of the year. At the request of the investigation, they were arrested by the Moscow Garrison Military Court in custody. The lawyers of all the defendants have repeatedly appealed the measure of restraint, insisting on their detention under house arrest, but they are still being kept in the Lefortovo detention center.
According to some information, the FSB spied upon CIB employees for six months before their detention. Then the United States told about "attacks by Russian hackers" on state, defense and political resources. At least two of them were related to the election campaign in the United States.
In particular, it was a cyberattack on the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the hacking of electoral systems in Illinois and Arizona. The US intelligence services then claimed that it was carried out by hackers under the control of the FSB. The Russian investigation into the former officers and businessmen is classified, but, according to one version, they could receive a reward from the US intelligence services just for giving them information about hacker attacks. And the accusation is only about the transfer of official information of the company, which turned out to be connected with the special services.
The defense of the defendants refrained from commenting, referring to its secrecy.