Persons of interest in case of treason from FSB’s Information Security Center plead partially guilty
Two of the four defendants in the case of the state treason, including the former employee of the Information Security Center of the FSB, concluded a deal with the investigation.
Former FSB Information Security Center (FSB) employee Dmitry Dokuchaev and entrepreneur Georgy Fomchenkov, who were accused of high treason, signed pre-trial agreements with a partial confession of guilt. RBC’s interlocutor close to the FSB reported about this, which two sources familiar with the course of the investigation also confirmed.
“They confessed to informing foreign intelligence services in an informal manner, but insist that they were not aware of the criminal nature of what was happening. They say that in this way they helped fight cybercrimes around the world. For example, [the transmitted information was supposed to help] punish those cybercriminals about whose actions they had known, but had been formally unable to do anything, because they “did not work in Russia.” That is, committed crimes in other countries,” says the interlocutor of RBC, who is familiar with the progress of the investigation. The fact that the defendants in the case confessed to the transfer of information to foreign security services was confirmed by the second source of RBC.
Lawyer Ivan Pavlov, who represents the interests of Georgy Fomchenkov, refused to comment on the situation. Andrey Chegodaykin, who defends Dmitry Dokuchaev, did not respond to RBC's request.
The signing of pre-trial agreements means that the court will be held according to a special procedure, i.e. under the simplified one, in which the consideration of the criminal case is conducted without examining the evidence collected in the case, the source familiar with the course of the investigation said. “The punishment will be mitigated – not more than 2/3 of the maximum term,” he adds. The maximum punishment under Art. 275 of the Russian Criminal Code (State Treason) is 20 years of imprisonment.
The two other accused in this case are ex-FSB officer Sergey Mikhailov and Ruslan Stoyanov, the former head of the department of investigation of computer incidents of Kaspersky Lab. Both did not sign the plea bargain protocol and do not admit their guilt, say two interlocutors of RBC.
Lawyer Ruslan Golenkov, who defends Sergey Mikhailov, answering the question of RBC, said: “Mikhailov is innocent, that’s why he did not admit anything.” Aleksander Gusak, who represents Ruslan Stoyanov, refused to comment.
The defendants were arrested in December 2016 and have since been in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. At the last court session, the Moscow District Military Court extended their arrest until April 5, told RBC's three interlocutors. According to one of them, the next court session on the extension of the arrest is scheduled for April 4.
All four are accused of state treason. The essence of the charges brought against them is not certain since the case materials are classified. The lawyers have signed non-disclosure agreements. Lawyer Ivan Pavlov previously said only that the defendants were charged with high treason in favor of the United States.