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Moscow Accuses U.S. Of 'Kidnapping' Russian Hacker Suspect


Moscow has said the arrest by the United States of a Russian man on computer-hacking charges amounts to the "kidnapping of a Russian citizen."

Roman Seleznyov, 30, was arrested on July 5 in the Maldives by the U.S. Secret Service and transported to Guam.

He is accused of hacking U.S. retail computer systems to steal thousands of credit-card numbers.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on July 8 that "we consider this as the latest unfriendly move from Washington" and asked for "coherent explanations about the incident."

Seleznyov is the son of Russian Duma deputy Valery Seleznyov.

ITAR-TASS quoted Seleznyov as confirming the arrest.

Seleznyov was indicted in Washington state in March 2011 on charges including bank fraud, causing damage to a protected computer, obtaining information from a protected computer, and aggravated identity theft.

Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS, Reuters, Bloomberg, and AP