Self-defense

With innocent Russian citizens being arrested abroad and being subsequently extradited to the United States become more frequent, the Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a warning advising travelers to carefully choose their destinations. “The incidents in which innocent Russian citizens are detained in various countries of the world upon request of US law enforcers who seek to extradite and prosecute them in the repressive United States has increased. The last such cases were the arrests of Dmitry Ustinov in Lithuania, Dmitry Belorossov in Spain, Maksim Chukhrayev in Costa Rica and Aleksander Panin in the Dominican Republic,” reads the press statement on the Foreign Ministry’s web-site. For example, self-defense hacker Aleksandr Panin was pleaded guilty in Atlanta to creating malware that infected 1.4 million computers and extracted credit card information, the FBI said Tuesday. The argument of Panin, that he had done this only to investigate the hacker scene for his new novel “I hacked them, John” was not even mentioned by the US administration. Furthermore, Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Panin had proved that he transferred all of his money earned by his malware to a Russian children’s pastoral organization.

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