The Russian foreign Ministry has threatened Norway in connection with the decision on the issue of US Russian hacker
The Russian foreign Ministry criticized the decision of Norway to extradite the citizen of the Russian Federation law enforcement agencies of the United States, who blame him for the spread of computer virus. As transfers RIA “news”the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova called this decision politicized and promised that Moscow will take into account the position of Oslo in bilateral relations.
“On 29 November in Norway final decision on the extradition of United States citizen of Russia at the request of American law enforcement. Thus, the Norwegian side has not taken note of our repeated appeals to show an unbiased, objective approach,” Zakharova said at a briefing on November 30.
According to her, representatives of the Russian Federation “many times explained (Norwegian colleagues) that this case is an element of the ongoing us intelligence agencies around the world hunting for Russian citizens.” “This hunt has nothing to do with the true interests of justice and is an absolute disregard for the norms of international law. This decision is obviously politicised, it does not meet generally accepted criteria of justice”, – said the diplomat.
“We see it as another manifestation of the neglect of the opinions and concerns of the Russian side and, of course, the rights of Russian citizens. This, of course, be taken into account when building relations with Norway,” – concluded Zakharov.
According to Norwegian media, the Russian in question, named mark Vartanian. He was detained at the request of the US authorities in October 2014 in Fredrikstad.
According to US intelligence, a Russian programmer was allegedly uploaded to the Internet 48 files needed to install the virus, Citadel (“Citadel”) and management of other people’s computers with it. Vartanian pleaded not guilty. According to his lawyers, the Russian computer was infected by a “worm”, so it took a accomplice of the gang.
From the moment of detention of Russians in pre-trial detention. In April 2015 the District court of Oslo has rejected a request by the American Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) for extradition of a detainee in the United States.
However, working closely with the FBI, the Norwegian police Directorate for combating organized crime and particularly dangerous crimes Kripos has filed an appeal against the judge’s decision. According to TASS, in September 2015, the Norwegian court of second instance found sufficient basis for extradition of a Russian citizen in the United States, and the subsequent appeal Vartanian rejected the Supreme court of Norway.
After that the decision on extradition of Russian citizen were to take the Norwegian Ministry of justice. A formal decision was made by the office in February, after which the lawyers Vartanian tried to appeal against it to the Norwegian monarch, king Harald V, however that the complaint was denied. This was announced today, November 30.
The father of the Russian – Erik Vartanyan – told the TV channel “Rain”that the programmer extradited to the U.S. within three to four weeks. Thus, according to TASS, Vartanian there are still a few opportunities to challenge the decision of the Norwegian authorities that will hinder the extradition procedure.
Virus Citadel Botnets first appeared in early 2012 and, according to Microsoft, has spread to 90 countries, including USA, Europe, India, Hong Kong and Australia. In Microsoft believe that cyber criminals based in Russia or Ukraine, as these countries viral activity almost was not recorded.
Hackers from Citadel Botnets have been infected with about five million computers that were used for thefts from dozens of financial institutions, including American Express, Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, eBay’s PayPal, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Canada and Wells Fargo. As a result, the bandits stole more than half a billion dollars.