Early Release Denied For Leader Of Russian Hackers Group
January 15, 2018
A court in Moscow has refused to grant early release to the
leader of a group believed to be behind the hacking of
high-profile Internet accounts, including the Twitter account of
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The Lefortovo District Court on January 12 rejected a motion for
the release on parole for Vladimir Anikeyev, the leader of
Shaltai-Boltai -- Russian for Humpty Dumpty. The hearing was
held behind closed doors as some materials in the case are
Anikeyev was handed a two-year prison sentence in July after
striking a plea bargain and agreeing to cooperate with the
Two other group members, Aleksander Filinov and Konstantin
Teplyakov, were sentenced to three years in prison each in
The 2016 arrests of the Shaltai-Boltai suspects became known
only after Russian media reported that two officials of the
Federal Security Service (FSB) cybercrime unit had been arrested
on treason charges.
Russian media reports suggested the officials had connections to
the hacker group or had tried to control it.
Vietnamese Businessman Arrested in Singapore
January 02, 2018
A Vietnamese property developer charged with disclosing state
secrets has been arrested in Singapore.
A lawyer for Phan Van Anh Vu says his client was detained last
Thursday in the city-state as he tried to cross the border into
The lawyer said the family of the 42-year-old Vu "is concerned
there is an imminent risk" he will be repatriated to Vietnam,
where he faces the possibility of the death penalty if he is
convicted. Choo says his client has applied for asylum in a
European country, but would not reveal which one.
of Vu's attorneys, told Reuters his client has applied for entry
The 42-year-old Vu is one of many Vietnamese officials and
business figures who have been swept up in massive
anti-corruption crackdown by the government.
Among those arrested was Trinh Xuan Thanh, an executive of the
state-owned energy company PetroVietnam, who was seized by
Vietnamese security agents last July from Berlin's Tiergarten
park a day before he was due to appear for a hearing on his
request for political asylum in Germany.
The incident angered Berlin, which called it an "unprecedented
and blatant violation" of German and international law.
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