Kiselev, Prokopenko admit to being Shaltay-Boltay’s victims
Prime Minister’s press secretary Natalia Timakova is also willing to help the investigation.
Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council Timur Prokopenko and TV host Dmitry Kiselev turned to the Federal Security Service declaring themselves victims in Shaltay-Boltay case, RBC reported citing unnamed sources.
According to the sources, Prokopenko confirmed that his email inbox had been hacked, yet refused to confirm the uploaded content was to be trusted. Kiselev and Prokopenko refused to give their comments to the media outlet.
Besides, the sources said that Prime Minister’s press secretary Natalia Timakova was also invited to the FSB office, the fact further confirmed by her in an interview to RBC. She said she was willing to cooperate with the investigation, but gave no further comment.
According to certain reports, a few more victims of money extortion may appear in the case soon. They are employees of state corporations, and there is a top manager among them. Ruslan Koblev, representing Shaltay-Boltay’s leader Vladimir Anikeev in court, also confirmed new victims may emerge. So far there is only one official victim in the case: Yevgeny Kislyakov, Sberbank Housing and Communal Services Project Manager.
Currently, three Shaltay-Boltay members are in custody: Vladimir Anikeev, Aleksandr Filinov and Konstantin Teplyakov. They are charged under part 3 of Art. 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Illegal Access to Computer Information committed by a group of persons by previous concert). The investigation may charge the offenders under two more articles of the Criminal Code: Art. 163 (Extortion) and Art. 210 (Creation of a Criminal Community). The maximum punishment under said articles implies imprisonment for a period of 15 and 20 years, respectively. Anikeev’s attorney Mr. Koblev emphasized that his client dealt in hacking "for the sake of information freedom on the Internet, rather than because of some political put-up jobs." Besides, the defense counsel said that Anikeev made a deal with the investigation and gave a confession.
FSB Colonel Sergey Mikhailov, the Deputy Head of the Information Security Center, was the group leader, according to Rosbalt. Last December, he was detained together with his colleague Dmitry Dokuchaev, a former hacker and senior operative with the Information Security Center’s Second Department, on charges of High Treason (Art. 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).