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Russian Receives Second Long U.S. Prison Term For Cybercrimes


Roman Seleznyov (center), the son of a Russian lawmaker from the Liberal Democratic Party, poses with his partner Anna Otisko (right) and their daughter.

The son of a Russian lawmaker who pleaded guilty in U.S. court to participating in a $50 million cybertheft ring has been sentenced for a second time to prison in the United States.

The U.S. Justice Department on November 30 said Roman Seleznyov was sentenced to 14 years for his role in a "racketeering enterprise" and for conspiracy to defraud banks of $9 million.

He was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $52 million for participating in the credit-card and identify-theft schemes.

It is the second sentence Seleznyov has received in a U.S. court, but it is not likely to result in additional prison time. The Justice Department said the two sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time.

On April 21, he was sentenced by a Seattle court to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay $170 million in restitution after being convicted of participating in a scheme to hack into point-of-sale computers to steal and sell credit-card numbers to the criminal underworld.

Seleznyov was arrested in 2014 as he arrived in the Maldives for a vacation.

Seleznyov's lawyer, Igor Litvak, said his client had accepted responsibility. But after the initial sentencing, the lawyer called the long prison term unreasonable and said Seleznyov was a victim of tense U.S.-Russia relations.

Seleznyov said in a statement that the 27-year sentence demonstrated to the world "that I am a political prisoner."

Seleznyov is the son of Valery Seleznyov, a member of Russia's lower house of parliament and outspoken critic of U.S. policies.

Based on reporting by AP and TASS
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