Russia arrests cybersecurity firm CEO after raiding offices

Russian law enforcement on Tuesday has arrested Ilya Sachkov, the co-founder and CEO of cybersecurity company Group-IB, on suspicion of high treason resulting from sharing data with foreign intelligence.

While details about the accusations have yet to be disclosed, a court in Moscow decided that Sachkov be detained for two months as a preventative measure.

Authorities carried out searches at Group-IB offices in Moscow that started early morning on Tuesday and lasted till evening.

A correspondent for the RTVI television network present at the location said that at the entrance of the building there was a minivan and a bus where a man in civilian clothes carried various articles from Group-IB offices.

Ilya Sachkov, co-founder and CEO of Group-IB, was arrested on suspicion of committing a crime under Article 275 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, which refers to high treason and carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 20 years.

As a result of this ruling from the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow, Sachkov is to be detained until November 27, 2021.

An official statement today from Group-IB says that company lawyers are currently studying the ruling but offered no comment on the presented charges.

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