Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Global Impact: Son of Russian MP, 30, Kidnapped by US in Maldives, Already Indicted in US

According to http://www.rt.com, a Russian Member of Parliament (MP) Valery Seleznyov claims that the US Government kidnapped his son, Roman Seleznyov, 30, from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in the Maldives while boarding a flight for Moscow on charges of cyber-fraud.

Reportedly, US Secret Service agents kidnapped Seleznyov as he was about to board a flight to Moscow. He was subsequently taken to Guam where was later arrested.

In an interview with RT, MP Valery Seleznyov, Roman’s father, pointed to the illegality of the abduction and theorized that the younger Seleznyov might potentially be exchanged for NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

COMMENT: MP Seleznyov has said he has attempted to contact his son unsuccessfully.
The US Department of Justice and US Secret Service announced Monday (July 7) that Roman Seleznyov was indicted on charges of identity theft, bank fraud, illegally accessing information on protected computers and trafficking in unauthorized access devices. 

He is charged with stealing and selling US citizens’ credit card data between 2009 and 2011 and may face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.

Seleznyov appeared in court on Monday, and will be held in custody until his next hearing in two weeks. 

A statement released by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said:
“This important arrest sends a clear message: despite the increasingly border-less nature of transitional organized crime, the long arm of justice--and this Department--will continue to disrupt and dismantle sophisticated criminal organizations.”

The US Secret Service referred to the younger Seleznyov “as one of the world's most prolific traffickers of stolen financial information.”

The Russian’s “scheme involved multiple network intrusions and data thefts for illicit financial gain," said the director of the US Secret Service, Julia Pierson: 

"The adverse impact this individual and other transnational organized criminal groups have on our nation's financial infrastructure is significant and should not be underestimated.”