Son of Russian MP faces 30 years in prison in USA for cyber crimes


Roman Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker, wrote an 11-page handwritten letter to U.S. District Judge Richard Jones, admitting his hacking activities in the U.S., and asking for forgiveness.

Earlier, the Russian refused to cooperate with the authorities.

“I, Roman Seleznev, want to say: I am wrong and I am sorry. It is my hope that someday I will get out from jail. I will work very hard to pay my debt to my victims and society. I will work honestly,” says the letter.

The prosecution requested Seleznev to go to prison for 30 years, noting that for such crimes one can go to prison for life.

Prosecutors also noted that 32-year-old Seleznev could get out of prison when he is 50 years old, taking into account the possible shortening of the term for good behavior.

In August 2016, the jury found Seleznev guilty of involvement in cyber fraud and damage of $170 million. The prosecutor’s office concluded that the hacker had stolen about 3 million credit card numbers.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, from 2009 to 2011 Roman Seleznev, acting under the pseudonym TRACK2, hacked websites of various American institutions, including the Phoenix Zoo. He stole information about credit cards and sold it at black market.

The court will announce the verdict on April 21st.