Name of 4th defendant in FSB Information Security Center officers' treason case revealed
It is Georgy Fomchenkov, about whom there is little information so far.
Name of the fourth defendant in the case of treason involving Deputy Head of FSB ISC (Information Security Center) Sergey Mikhailov, his subordinate Dmitry Dokuchaev, and Kaspersky Lab employee Ruslan Stoyanov, has been revealed.
As Novaya Gazeta learned from its source in FSB, it is 40-year-old Georgy Fomchenkov. There is no clear information about Fomchenkov's role in the criminal case so far, but one of his friends described him as a man primarily driven by selfish motives.
According to the information available to the media outlet, in 1999 Fomchenkov ran for the State Duma on the federal list 'Stalin's block - for USSR'; in addition, he has won a lawsuit in the amount of 350 thousand rubles (6 thousand dollars) against the bankrupt Sodbiznesbank.
Fomchenkov was detained the same day as the other three defendants in the case, that is, December 4, 2016.
February 1, Mikhailov, Dokuchaev, and Stoyanov were charged with treason in favor of the US. According to Interfax, the FSB ISC officers used to cooperate with the CIA.
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