Sumary of Russian Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Detained for Treason Claims Innocence:
- Top cybersecurity entrepreneur Ilya Sachkov, who was arrested under charges of “state treason” in late September, has claimed he is innocent and asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to transfer him from jail to house arrest during the investigation.
- “I am neither a traitor nor a spy,” Sachkov wrote in a letter to Putin, penned from jail.
- ” Excerpts of the letter were shared with Forbes Russia by Sachkov’s lawyer Sergey Afanasyev.
- Sachkov founded Group-IB, one of Russia’s most successful cybersecurity firms, in 2003. He could face up to 20 years in prison under the charges brought against him.
- Few details about treason cases in Russia are typically shared publicly by either prosecutors or defendants.
- Court cases involving treason charges are typically classified, with hearings taking place behind closed doors.
- Information can be withheld from defendants on security grounds and defense lawyers involved in cases can be prohibited from sharing information.
- “I think this is a new Dreyfus affair,” Sachkov added, referring to a political scandal that divided France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.