Shaltay-Boltay member on group work under FSB 

Shaltay-Boltay member on group work under FSB
Alexander Glazastikov

The only remaining free member of Anonymous International hacker group Alexander Glazastikov is waiting for a response on political asylum in Estonia, arduously giving interviews and comments to the press regularly reminding of his key role in Shaltay-Boltay, fears for his safety and is speaking about the plans to write a book.

Currently he is abroad, while three other assumed members of the project – its founder Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis), Alexander Filinov (Mad Hatter) and Konstantin Teplyakov (March Hare) – are in Lefortovo pretrial detention center.

In his interview with Novaya Gazeta Glazastikov said that since spring 2016 Shaltay-Boltay worked under control of the FSB. By this he actually confirmed the initial information published by Rosbalt at the end of January 2017. In particular in connection with the hacker group the news agency voiced names of arrested on suspicion of high treason ISC FSB officers colonel Sergey Mikhailov and Major Dmitry Dokuchaev. It was reported that they were arrested on the testimony of Vladimir Anikeev.

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Vladimir Anikeev

However, in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta Alexander Glazastikov admitted that Mikhailov and Dokuchaev could oversee Shaltay-Boltay noting that he did not know the names and positions of the FSB supervisors. He only heard from Anikeev that one of them was "the top officer of the FSB"

According to information I have, in the late spring – early summer of last year, a top officer in the FSB contacted Anikeev. Once these guys in uniform became involved in the case of high treason, I suppose we can see the whole picture. Anikeev said that there was some assistant – perhaps it was Dokuchaev, and some head – perhaps it was Mikhailov. But this is just my guesswork", – said Glazastikov.

According to Glazastikov, Anikeev told him in spring that at that time Shaltay-Boltay had been under the supervision of the military counter-intelligence and the FSB for a long time to the point that the security services knew the names of the project members notwithstanding the high level of confidentiality.

Glazastikov also added that during his penultimate trip to Russia Anikeev – Lewis – met the curator of the FSB. The latter guaranteed security for group members during visits to Russia, but in return he obtained his promise to publish leaks coming from him if necessary.

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FSB Colonel Sergey Mikhailov

In addition, as a condition the unknown "top employee" asked the leader of Shaltay-Boltay for the right of veto and promise to provide information about upcoming publications "a day, an hour" in advance.

Anikeev agreed, however after this conversation hackers did not publish anything of special interest.

In the interview Glazastikov provided details on the members of the infamous project. According to him, Shaltay-Boltay consisted of only 2 people - Anikeev and him, he called his position in the illegal business as a "junior partner without the right to have a say".

He defined the role of Teplyakov as "an assistant on an occasional basis" and he said that he was not familiar with Filinov at all. Glazastikov admitted that Filinov could be just a friend of Anikeev, not necessarily related to the common affairs of Shaltay-Boltay. He declined to comment on another alleged member of the gang – girl under the name Alice who, according to some data, was often involved in collecting compromising material for sale and publication.

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Alexander Filinov

According to Alexander Glazastikov, on February 8 he turned to former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves to ask for political asylum. However, Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser reported that the Baltic republic had not received official petitions on this yet.

Another alleged members of Shaltay-Boltay Vladimir Anikeyev, Konstantin Teplyakov and Alexander Filinov were charged under part 3 of Art. 272 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Access to Computer Information protected by law that caused a major damage and was committed by a group of persons by previous concert or by an organised group, or by a person through his/her official position). According to investigators, the group members obtained dirt on public figures, demanded a ransom from them, and in case of refusal they sold the data for Bitcoins via Ukraine or published them in the public domain. Now the suspects are in custody for a period determined by court until April 7.

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