OREANDA-NEWSThe hacker Dmitry Popelysh, who is in the special unit of the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center, who, together with his twin brother Yevgeny, accused the Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of stealing money from the accounts of Sberbank and VTB, sent a complaint to the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin about misrepresenting the criminal case to illegally convict him and brother. Dmitry Popelysh himself announced this during a court hearing on September 5, which was attended by a Russian media correspondent. When exactly the complaint was sent, it was not specified during the meeting.

Popelysh claims that the evidence in his case was fabricated, and that Ruslan Stoyanov, the former head of the Kaspersky Lab’s computer incident investigation department, forced him to break into it. The latter participated in a technical examination in criminal cases against the Popelysh brothers, but a few years later he was convicted of high treason.

Dmitry and Eugene Popelysh first attracted the attention of law enforcement in 2011. They were arrested along with accomplices on suspicion of organizing phishing attacks, which affected more than 170 customers of large banks in different regions of Russia. According to the investigation, they withdrew about 13 million rubles from bank accounts. The brothers pleaded guilty, and in September 2012 a court sentenced them to six years in prison for a probationary period of five years.

Dmitry Popelysh is already the second Russian hacker who publicly stated that the experts investigating his criminal case themselves forced him to break-ins. In December 2017, Konstantin Kozlovsky (since May 2016 he has been in the detention center on charges of organizing a hacker group Lurk that has attacked banks) posted letters on the Internet. In them, he claimed that he had been cooperating with the FSB for about ten years, and Dmitry Dokuchaev, an employee of the FSB Information Security Center, who was involved in the investigation of the criminal case against him, was his curator at that time. According to Kozlovsky, Dokuchaev instructed him to hack into the US Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's electronic correspondence, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as well as US military enterprises.