Why was Kaspersky Lab Manager Arrested for Treason?

Kaspersky Lab is a Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider headquartered in Moscow, Russia and operated by a holding company in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky who is currently the CEO. Kaspersky Lab develops and sells antivirus, internet security, password management, endpoint security, and other cybersecurity products and services.

Kaspersky Lab on Wednesday confirmed in their reports in Russia’s respected Kommersant newspaper that Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of Kaspersky Lab computer incidents investigations unit, was arrested in December. Kommersant newspaper said that Stoyanov was arrested along with a senior Russian FSB intelligence officer Sergei Mikhailov.

Kommersant newspaper also said in their report confirming that both of them have been charged for treason, Kommersant cited unidentified sources close to the Federal Security Service (FSB),  saying that Stoyanov’s arrest might have been linked to an investigation into a deputy chief of the FSB’s Center for Information Security, Sergei Mikhailov, who they said was also arrested in December.

Maria Shirokova who is Kaspersky’s spokeswoman, said in a statement that Ruslan Stoyanov’s  arrest “has nothing to do with Kaspersky Lab and its operations.” She said the company has no details of the charges Stoyanov faces, but added that the investigation dates back to the time before Stoyanov was hired by Kaspersky.

Stoyanov’s previous jobs, listed on the LinkedIn website, include a position at the Cyber Crime Unit at the Russian Interior Ministry in the early 2000s. This information was taken from his LinkedIn profile account.

Andrei Soldatov, who has dig deep down into the internet and Russian security services for more than a decade, called the arrest of the Kaspersky manager “unprecedented.” he also continued by saying that;

“It destroys a system that has been 20 years in the making, the system of relations between intelligence agencies and companies like Kaspersky,” he told The Associated Press. “Intelligence agencies used to ask for Kaspersky’s advice, and this is how informal ties were built. This romance is clearly over.”

Cases of Treason In Russia-2016


In Russia, Sixteen individuals have been convicted and sentenced in Russia for treason and espionage in 2016, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday, citing the Judicial Department at the Supreme Court.

In the report 13 persons were convicted of treason; three other individuals were condemned for spying. Only one of convicts has pleaded guilty. Courts have not delivered acquitting judgements in such cases, according to the court’s Judicial Department.

Nine people were held liable for divulging state secrets in 2016. Eight persons were pardoned while one received a suspended sentence.

In total, 261 individuals were condemned in Russia for crimes against constitutional order and internal security of the State; 45 of them were sentenced to real prison terms, 60 of them received suspended sentences. Courts also imposed alternative punishment in such cases including community service.

People sentenced to prison received terms varying from 2 to up to and beyond 15 years.

Now my question is, where lies the faith of Ruslan Stoyanov ?

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