Contents tagged with FSB

  • US introduces sanctions against Russian companies with FSB links

    The US Treasury Department has imposed new sanctions against three Russian citizens and five Russian enterprises suspected of involvement in "malicious cyber-enabled activities."

    "One of the designated entities is controlled by and has provided material and technological support to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), while two others have provided the FSB with material and technological support," a US Treasury statement, released on June 11, stated.

    The press release noted examples of …

  • Ukrainian Security Service receives complete list of those who were to be killed along with journalist Babchenko

    Ukrainian law enforcement agencies received a complete list of 30 people who were supposed to be killed at the request of the Russian intelligence agency, just as journalist Arkady Babchenko was to be. This was stated by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko on a broadcast on the TV channel “1 + 1,” TSN reported.

    “At one of the meetings, Herman – and this is recorded on audio and video according to the court’s decision – gave him (the killer) half the sum of 15 thousand dollars. At the …

  • Media: notorious killer associated with Russian Security Service arrived in Kyiv before assassination of journalist Babchenko

    The killer known as Validol, who is associated the Russian special service (FSB), arrived in Kyiv before the murder of the Russian journalist, Arkady Babchenko, reports Kavkazcenter news outlet.

    According to Kavkazcenter, the Chechen-born Walid Lurahmanov, who also goes by name Alexander Smirnov, arrived in Kyiv on May 3. According to the publication, he could have used a fake passport to get to the territory of Ukraine.

    "It is not clear what the purpose of his visit was. It is possible that …

  • Russia accused the Ukrainian Security Service of creating an extremist group in Crimea

    The Federal Security Service of Russia claimed that it stopped the activity of an extremist group in the Crimea created by Erol Veliyev, an assistant to Verkhovna Rada lawmaker and Crimean Tatar Leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, Russian media reports.

    According to the Russian special services, the group was established in Kharkiv under the supervision of Refat Chubarov and with the support of the Security Service of Ukraine. Two athletes, former boxers A. Steshenko and A. Tretyakov were named as co- …

  • Media: Russia decided to block Telegram messenger because of Durov’s plans to launch his own cryptocurrency

    Russia has decided to block Durov’s messenger Telegram in response to founder Pavel Durov’s plans to launch his own cryptocurrency, reports RBC news agency,citing an internal letter of the Federal Security Servicen (FSB).

    “The story is not about terrorism. Pasha Durov decided to become a new Sergei Mavrodi [a Russian financial fraudster],” the letter reads. “After such cryptocurrency is laucnhed in Russia, we would have a completely uncontrolled financial system. It is not Bitcoin for a …

  • Russia to block Telegram messenger service

    Moscow's Tagansky District Court has decided to restrict access to the Internet messenger Telegram on the territory of Russia. The restriction will be enforced until the encryption keys are handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russian media outlet MediaZona reports.

    Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) will enforce the decision of the court. The ruling of the court can be appealed within a month.

    The …

  • Russia intends to block Telegram messaging service

    The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, better known as Roskomnadzor, has filed a lawsuit in Moscow's Tagansky District Court to limit Telegram's access to information resources in Russia. This has been reported on the agency's website.

    The initial cause of the claim is that the messenger refused to provide the FSB with the encryption keys for its user’s conversations.

    On March 20, Roskomnadzor issued an official notification on …

  • Ukrainian Security Service shuts down the operation of the office of ‘pro-Kremlin hackers’ in Kyiv

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) claims to have unmasked the activities of the office of "pro-Kremlin hackers" in Kyiv.

    The SBU press center says that "the hacker group controlled by the FSB of Russia organized cyberattacks, in particular against critical infrastructure facilities, state, and bank institutions."

    According to the department, the persons involved in the case used internet anonymizers to prevent the identification of the attacks, and used so-called "bot farms" to conduct …

  • Kremlin denies that top official's plane was used to transport cocaine from Argentina to Russia

    The plane belonging to Current Russian Security Council Secretary and former Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Nikolai Patrushev was not used to transport suitcases of cocaine as part of a joint Russian-Argentine intelligence operation. A statement to this effect was made by the Russian Security Council on Sunday, Interfax reports.

    “This is someone’s imagination and a fake,” the state advisory body stressed. An Interfax source remarked that the aircraft in question was not intended to …

  • Spain extradites Russian businessman accused of stealing from FSB

    Spain has extradited Invest Victoria CEO Mikhail Lyagin, who is accused of stealing more than 550 million rubles ($9.7 million) from an FSB enterprise, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) told Interfax.

    Russia’s Investigative Committee has charged Lyagin according to two articles of the Criminal Code – Art. 159 (fraud on an especially large scale) and Art. 174 (money laundering). The case is being overseen by the Sochi department of the Russian Ministry of …