Lawyer of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group leader files complaint against verdict

Lawyer of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group leader files complaint against verdict
Vladimir Anikeev Photo: RIA Novosti / Vitaly Belousov

At that, immediately after the announcement of the verdict, the lawyer stated that the defense did not see any reason to appeal the decision of the Moscow City Court.

Defense of the leader of the hacker group Shaltay-Boltay Vladimir Anikeev appealed his sentence in the form of two years in a colony of the general regime. This was reported to Interfax by his lawyer Khazret Bizhoev.

"Today I filed an appeal against the verdict delivered by the Moscow City Court against Vladimir Anikeev, in which we ask to replace the punishment with a softer one," Bizhoev said on Friday.

Earlier, he said that the punishment imposed by the court did not correspond to the crime committed by Anikeev, and therefore the convict’s defense intends to appeal the verdict. According to him, such a decision was made following the lawyer's meeting with Anikeev in a pre-trial detention center.

At that, immediately after the announcement of the verdict, Bizhoev said that the defense did not see any reason to appeal the decision of the Moscow City Court, since Anikeev could apply for parole within a few days.

The Court’s Verdict

On July 6, the Moscow City Court, after hearing the case according to a special procedure, sentenced Anikeev to two years in a colony of the general regime.

"We cannot challenge the qualification of the actions of our client, since the case was examined in a special order, but we can challenge the severity of the sentence," added Bizhoev.

The lawyer recalled that within the framework of the pre-trial agreement concluded by Anikeev, the maximum punishment for him was two and a half years of imprisonment. "And we got two (years). This is with the account that, in fact, we helped the investigation," said the defender.

In addition, the lawyer said, the law directly indicates that when committing a crime of medium gravity for the first time, a defendant must be sent to a colony-settlement.

"The court considered that my client committed such a severe crime that he must serve his sentence in a colony of the general regime," Bizhoev said.

Anikeyev fully acknowledged the blame for unauthorized access to computer information as part of an organized group (part 3 of Art. 272 of the Russian Criminal Code) and cooperated with the investigation in the framework of the concluded pre-trial agreement.

According to the investigation’s version, in the period 2013-2016, Anikeev, acting as part of an organized group together with other persons, the criminal case in relation to which was allocated to a separate proceeding, via the Internet received illegal access to computer information protected by law, and copied it for the purpose of subsequent sales on the Internet resources used by the group members.

A group of hackers calling themselves Shaltay-Boltay or Anonymous International became known a few years ago. According to the law enforcement agencies, the group specialized in intercepting correspondence and hacking accounts of high-ranking officials, large companies and the media and further selling through the Internet the received data.

Among the possible victims of the group's actions the press secretary of the Prime Minister of Russia, Natalia Timakova, and the deputy head of the internal policy department of the Presidential Administration, Timur Prokopenko were named, but they claimed no damage, and the investigation found no grounds for recognizing them in such status.

Anikeyev was arrested in November 2016 (known on the Internet under the nickname Lewis). A little later, his two accomplices, Konstantin Teplyakov and Alexander Filinov were also arrested. The investigation of the case against the latter two has also been completed; the materials of the case have been sent to the Moscow City Court for consideration.

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