Russian MP Valery Seleznev, your son was found guilty in a court of law, convicted, and sentenced to 27 years.
The United States of America is not a corrupt judicial system like Russia. He was not abducted. His computer carried much of the evidence which convicted him. Your position as an MP only means that you seek to overlook his criminality, as the judicial system in Russia might. But your son, Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, is guilty and will rot in jail for 27 years because he is a criminal.
The United States is a country of law. That is the difference between Russia and the US. Your screaming, your complaining, your crying, your accusations, will not change a thing. They will only show that you are accustomed to manipulating the law because of your position in the Duma. Not in America. Not where the law is sacred.
- Russian Cyber-Criminal Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Hacking and Credit Card Fraud Scheme
- Russian Hacker Sentenced to 27 Years in Credit Card Case
And like a schoolyard bully, Russia is discovering that crying does not help.
A member of Russian Parliament is outraged after his son was handed down a sentence of 27 years in prison for computer hacking crimes in the US.
Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, 32, was convicted in August for stealing credit card data from US restaurants, causing nearly $170m (£132m) in damages.
Russian MP Valery Seleznev said the sentence was “passed by man-eaters” and that his son was “abducted”.
Seleznev made millions by selling the data on the dark web, US officials say.
“It’s a sentence passed by man-eaters…My son was abducted,” Mr Seleznevtold RIA Novosti news agency.
Mr Seleznev, a member of the lower house of the Russian legislature known as the Duma, is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the New York Times reports.
“My son was tortured because being in jail in a foreign country after abduction is torture in itself. He is innocent,” he continued.
Mr Seleznev, a member of the the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), added that he viewed the sentence as a life sentence because his son would never survive 27 years in prison.
Between 2009 and 2013, Seleznev hacked into retail point-of-sale systems and installed malicious software that enabled him to steal millions of credit card numbers from more than 500 American businesses and 3,700 financial institutions, according to the Justice Department.
He then sent the data to servers he controlled in Russia, the Ukraine and McLean, Virginia, and sold the information on criminal “carding” websites, where users bought them for fraudulent purchases, officials said.
Seleznev was taken into custody in July 2014 in the Maldives and his laptop at the time contained more than 1.7m stolen credit card numbers.
Evidence showed he earned tens of millions of dollars from the scheme.
Many of the businesses he targeted were small businesses, including Broadway Grill in Seattle, which was forced into bankruptcy following the cyber attack.
“Today is a bad day for hackers around the world,” said US Attorney Annette L Hayes. “The notion that the internet is a Wild West where anything goes is a thing of the past.
“Whether the victims are multi-national banks or small pizza joints, we are all victims when our day-to-day transactions result in millions of dollars ending up in the wrong hands.”