Shaltay-Boltay leader gets a job and thinks of plea bargain 

Shaltay-Boltay leader gets a job and thinks of plea bargain
Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis)

Founder of the hacker group Shaltay-Boltay (Humpty Dumpty) Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis) is now officially employed. As an adviser on information security he was invited to work by a lawyer's office, which staff defend Anikeev in court.⁠

Lewis’ lawyer Ruslan Koblev told this the media explaining the decision taken after the extension of Anikeev’s arrest.

March, 3, satisfying the petition of the investigation, the Lefortovo Court of Moscow extended the term of arrest until 8 May to the leader of Shaltay-Boltay. Ruslan Koblev says he intends to appeal the decision. Anikeev’s employment, in his opinion, could be an ace in the hole.

At the new place of work the hacker got an apartment in Moscow, where he could be kept under house arrest, it follows from the words of Koblev.

Also, the lawyer said that his client is currently considering the possibility to deal with the investigation.

"We wonder what is more profitable. The deal with the investigation - it goes halves the period, and a special procedure - two-thirds of two-thirds of the term," said Koblev.

Аникеев в суде

The trial of infamous hackers’ project takes place behind closed doors. Recall that the participants of the Shaltay-Boltay (also known as Anonymous International), according to investigators, drew dirt on politicians, bureaucrats and stars, and then demanded a ransom. If the blackmailed victim refused, hackers sell or publish personal information in the public domain.

Владимир Аникеев в суде

Meanwhile, according to RIA Novosti, Anikeev denies blackmailing people, whose email they hacked. As well as political motives, and communication with the FSB, about which remaining at large another participant of the project Alexander Glazastikov told.

Although Lewis admits his guilt in the case, in which there is only one episode - the unauthorized access to e-mail of Sberbank Evgeny Kislyakov. However, he states that the purpose of the group was the freedom of information and the Internet.

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