Vitalina Zerny suspected of involvement in Shaltay-Boltay is Anikeev's civil wife
A resident of Ukraine Vitalina Zerny nicknamed Alisa, whom some media called a participant of the hacking project Shaltay-Boltay earlier this week, turns out to be a common-law wife of the group leader Vladimir Anikeev, known as Lewis.
As Anikeev's lawyer Ruslan Koblev reported to Rosbalt, she is currently in Moscow, where she has reecntly visited the FSB on domestic issues related to the detention of her husband. According to him, Zerny was never involved in Shaltay-Boltay.
Let us recall that on February 16, the press reported that law enforcers were preparing to indict a citizen of Ukraine Vitalina Zerny, who had allegedly participated in the group under the name Alisa. It was reported that Vitalina Zerny was a ‘woman of low social responsibility,’ who provided sexual services to Lewis, detained on the criminal case on illegal access to computer information. In addition, Zerny used to supply girls to other group members.
Lawyer Ruslan Koblev categorically denies this information, calling her Anikeev's wife. According to him, Zerny is suprised to read the information about herself in the media, and the fact that the FSB allegedly plans to declare her wanted.
As reported by the CrimeRussia in early February, a citizen of Ukraine – 30-year-old Irina Shevchenko (Alisa) – had been declared wanted as part of the investigation into the Shaltay-Boltay's case.
There are three alleged members of Shaltay-Boltay currently in custody on charges of part 3 of Art. 272 of the Russian Criminal Code, including Vladimir Anikeev (Lewis), Aleksandr Filinov (Shlyapnik), and Konstantin Teplyakov (Martovsky Zayats). According to the materials in the criminal case, the group members used to mine dirt on public figures and then demand a repayment, otherwise they sold the compromising information for Bitcoins via Ukraine or published it in open access.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).