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The Fall of a Russian Cyberexecutive Who Went Against the Kremlin

Ilya Sachkov, who’s been charged with treason in Russia, is alleged to have given the U.S. information about the “Fancy Bear” operation that sought to influence the U.S. election.

Group-IB tells Bloomberg its work in fighting cybercrime has relied only on official agreements or requests from law enforcement agencies, not informal relationships. Sergei Afanasyev, Sachkov’s lawyer, declined to comment on any aspects of his case.

“In Putin’s eyes, the most serious problem is traitors,” says Tatiana Stanovaya, founder of the political consulting firm R.Politik and a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center. “He is full of hatred toward people who leak information.”

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