Vladimir Anikeev (‘Lewis’)
The leader of Shaltay Boltay hacker group.
Anikeev was born in Makhachkala before moving to St. Petersburg in the 90's, where he worked as a journalist for some time, presumably at Novaya Gazeta St. Petersburg. It was then that he started obtaining various information; initially he did so using his personal ties and charm. However, already in the 2000s, Anikeev teamed up with one of his friends that was a hacker, and started stealing information from computers of high-ranking officials and businessmen and demanding their money so that the stolen data would not leak online. The group worked both for themselves and for other people who employed them. As the information business developed, Anikeev had to move a lot: he has lived in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Bangkok, to name just the established places. His ex-wife Zinaida Anikeeva resides in Kiev and works as a fitness instructor.
The Anonymous International group is famous for their scandalous attacks of email addresses and other means of communication of persons like Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, News Media CEO Aram Gabrelyanov, former head of Ministry of Defense Construction Department Roman Filimonov and many others.
FSB detained Lewis in a special operation in October 2016. Anikeev came to St. Petersburg to get his fee for an assignment, but was arrested at the border between Belarus and Russia. Already on the second interrogation day he gave up all of his accomplices, including FSB officers.
Anikeev has been charged under part 3 of Art. 272 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Access to Computer Information) with the maximum prison sentence of five years.