Russian MP’s son convicted of cyber-crimes

Roman Seleznev, the son of a lawmaker in the Russian State Duma who was sentenced to 27 years by a US court on Friday, was “virtually kidnapped from a third country” by the US, Russia’s embassy in Washington said, calling the man’s arrest “illegal.” Seleznev was captured by the US Secret Service agents in the Maldives in 2014 and transferred to the US, where he stood trial on over 30 counts of cyber fraud. US District Court in Seattle found him guilty of credit card theft, resulting in some $170 million losses for entities and individuals. Seleznev, who pleaded guilty to all charges in a written confession, compared the court’s ruling to a “death sentence.”

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