US tied to Russian $82M hacking scheme in deemed flight risk, bail denied

Vladislav Klyushin, a Russian tied to an $82 million hacking scheme in the US, was deemed a flight risk and was denied bail on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Seth Costo said that Klyshine, 41, is a flight risk because Russia has no extradition agreement with the US and that Klyshine has never consented to extradition, among other reasons.

Federal officials said Klyushin, along with five other Russians, allegedly participated in a scheme to illegally purge $82 million from 2018 to 2020 to steal information on computer networks for insider trading. He works for an information company with ties to the upper tiers of the Russian government and is also a millionaire.

Magistrate Judge Marianne Baller of the US District Court in Boston sided with the prosecution, saying that Klyshine “presents a substantial flight risk.”

Bowler was also suspected of supporting the numerous letters from Klyshkin’s wife and friends. She said there is no way to contact the authors and that all letters begin that way. “That’s why I don’t give them heavy weights,” she said.

Klyushin’s lawyer, Maksim Nemtsev, requested his client’s release with conditions, such as a $2.5 million bond and house arrest in a one-bedroom unit located with electronic surveillance in Boston’s port district.

According to court documents, Nemtsev stated that Klyushin “intends to challenge the government’s case in a legal, professional and principled manner.”

The Associated Press left Nemtsev an email for comment after the hearing.

US District Court Magistrate Judge Marianne Baller in Boston favored the prosecution, saying that Vladislav Klyushin “presents a substantial flight risk.” A photo taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee typing on a computer keyboard at Headquarters for Internet Security. Giant Kaspersky in Moscow.
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Klyushin, who appeared at Wednesday’s hearing via video, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers and to commit wire fraud and securities fraud; assisting and abetting wire fraud; assisting and promoting unauthorized access to computers; and aiding and promoting securities fraud. If convicted of all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

Klyushin, a married father of five children, whose last name is sometimes spelled Kliushin, was arrested on March 21 in Sion, Switzerland, after he arrived on a private jet and before he and his party could kill him. were to board a private helicopter for A nearby ski resort, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said she fought extradition to the US, including at least two appeals from the Swiss ministry’s decision ordering her extradition, one of which went to Switzerland’s highest court.

He was eventually extradited to the US on 18 December.

In court documents, US prosecutors say Klyushin has close ties with Ivan Ermakov, a former official of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, known as the GRU, who was previously known in July 2018 for his alleged role in the Russian effort. was charged in 2016. US elections, prosecutors said.

Klyushin, Ermakov and a third defendant worked at M-13, a Moscow-based information technology company purported to provide services to detect vulnerabilities in computer systems, and its customers. Among the administrations of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and other government entities are counted. US prosecutors said.

According to an FBI affidavit, Klyushin was listed as the company’s first deputy general director and Ermakov as deputy general director.

US prosecutors have not said whether they think Klishin was involved in election interference.

Klyushin’s next court appearance is February 8.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.