Prosecutor's office confirms indictment of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group leader

Prosecutor's office confirms indictment of Shaltay-Boltay hacker group leader
Leader of Shaltay-Boltay gang Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis)

The case of Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis) will soon be passed to the Moscow City Court for consideration on the merits.

The prosecutor's office confirmed the indictment against the leader of the group of hackers breaking into e-mails of Russian politicians, officials and businessmen.

The criminal case of Vladimir Anikeev, nicknamed Lewis, is expected to be submitted to the Moscow City Court in the coming days. The leader of Shaltay-Boltay has already finished familiarizing with the materials of the case, which was previously separated after Anikeev concluded an agreement with the investigation, Rosbalt reports.

According to the publication, Anikeev’s case will be considered before the cases of the other defendants, who are members of Shaltay-Boltay gang. Hearings will be held in a closed mode, since most of the case materials are classified, because they contain state secrets.

Leader of hacker group Shaltay-Boltay Vladimir Anikeev is accused of Illegal Access to Computer Information (part 3 of Art. 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to the investigation, he is involved in six criminal episodes.

The investigation into the general case of Shaltay-Boltay, in which Konstantin Teplyakov and Alexander Filinov are the defendants, has been completed.

The group received access to correspondence in various illegal ways, and then sold all the data through virtual platform Information Exchange. Earlier it became known that its owner was the former editor-in-chief of newspaper Izhevsky Nablyudatel, and according to the investigators, another participant of Shaltay-Boltay Andrey Nekrasov. Meanwhile, representatives of Information Exchange flatly deny the acquaintance with Nekrasov and the members of Shaltay-Boltay in an exclusive interview with The CrimeRussia, stating that they contacted them only through the Internet.

Shaltay-Boltay gang is charged with hacking e-mails of TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov, Deputy Head of the Internal Policy Department of the Presidential Administration of Russia Timur Prokopenko, press secretary of the Prime Minister Natalya Timakova, secretary of businessman Magomed Magomedov Elena Morozova, former executive manager of Sberbank Evgeny Kislyakov, presidential aide Andrey Belousov.

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