Russia charges cyber security expert, FSB officers with treason: lawyer
Svetlana Reiter, Maria Kiselyova, Jack Stubbs, Reuters, Feb 1 2017
Russian authorities have charged two officers and an employee of Kaspersky Lab with committing treason in the interests of Pindostan, a lawyer representing one of the three said. Ivan Pavlov identified the three as Ruslan Stoyanov, head of Kaspersky’s computer incidents investigation team, and two officers working for the FSB’s Information Security Centre, Sergei Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchayev. Ivan Pavlov told Reuters:
My client, along with the others, has been charged with state treason and cooperating with Pindosi intelligence services.
Kommersant first reported the arrests last week, which it said took place in December. The Kaspersky team headed by Stoyanov has been cooperating with the FSB since 2013 in analysing cybercrime cases and offering expertise in criminal cases concerning cyber-security, Kommersant reported. Kaspersky Lab confirmed Stoyanov’s arrest, but said the charges related to a period before he joined the company in 2012. Pavlov declined to say which of the three he was representing, saying only that Stoyanov, the Kaspersky executive, was not his client. A Kremlin spox said Pres Putin was aware of media reports about the arrests, but the Kremlin could not confirm anything about them.