Dec 22, 2017

Who is the Russian Cyber Criminal that escaped from SL?

With a USD 3 million bounty set on his head by the FBI, did Russian cybercriminal Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev pose as one Farin Manokin?

Did he escape by boat just months after being released on bail?

Or did he flee in a private jet owned by the owner of Rosoboronexport?

Who provided him security up to the Katunayake airport and dispatched him safely from Sri Lanka?

Did the US embassy request his extradition from the Sri Lankan government after concealing his true identity?

The issue is one of utmost seriousness while bringing into question the safety of Sri Lanka and power of diplomatic services within the country. Therefore it is important to further investigate the main issues believed to be related to this incident.

While the information is not being made public for the benefit of any party, it is now being publicized in public interest as the country is now facing some unique challenges as a result of the current situation.

A Russian Black Money Racketeer!

Earlier this year newspapers reported the arrest of a Russian black money racketeer by the Weligama Police while it was later reported that he was released on bail.

Identified according to reports as Fareen Manokin which claimed that he had escaped from the country a few days ago. While it can be assumed that the reported details had been sourced from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) however many details remain vague including the time frame of events. Though the arrest was reported as have taken place in March it could even be several months later.

Undue influence from Embassies

However, the news of the Russian’s arrest spread like wildfire through the diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka with some even pressurising the Sri Lankan government to hand over him to them.

This arrest, in fact, caused unrest at the Russian Consulate and among other embassies as well. State-owned Daily News published a report on Saturday published the aim of the US embassy in this regard.

Therefore, in this matter, it is necessary to understand the connection between the information presented and the possible relationship between them, which may be vague at times to investigate the current situation of the country.

Waiting for the opportune moment

The man arrested in Weligama on a Friday is released the following Monday on bail with former Chairman of the Board of Investments Upul Jayasuriya and another senior officer representing him.

However, attempts to elicit a response from Upul Jayasuriya in this regard failed.

While gaining bail at the High Court, the man is able to avoid the courts and other government agencies in a systematic manner while taking refuge at a private hospital and a house for several weeks.

Working under orders to keep a low profile till an escape is arranged he is said to have waited until the opportune moment.

Did the US seek extradition?

Meanwhile it is said finding out information regarding the man the US Embassy had requested him to handed over to them according to the extradition treaty between the two countries.

Reliable sources say the US embassy had on several occasions requested for the man to be handed over to them as he is wanted for a large number of crimes committed on US soil.

According to sources Head of the Russian Intelligence service Lieutenant General Igor Korobov is said to have a close relationship with Russian cyber criminals.

The escaped criminal features in the FBI’s most wanted list and sources say this had been conveyed to certain local officials.

However, according to sources from the Sri Lanka Police, no such information was given and was only told that he was connected to several murders committed in the US.

Attempts to disrupt US elections

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But additionally a fact revealed by US embassy could have been used to deduce the real identity of the suspect.

That is this individual had worked towards disrupting the US Presidential election held in November 2016.

However criminal investigation organizations in Sri Lanka and political leaders had not taken much notice of this piece of information.

But it could also be that the embassy had failed to disclose all information about the individual while only revealing certain information about the person. If the person had, in fact, being involved in several murders in the US as claimed information regarding the person should be found on the internet.

FBI Information

However, an internet search of the name mentioned in his passport only reveals information on how he was arrested in Sri Lanka and his eventual escape. That is only the information reported in the Daily News and similar information.

This could only mean that the US embassy or the FBI had concealed information about the individual for reasons best known to them.

If he is, in fact, a suspect and a computer expert who is said to have attempted to disrupt the US elections it is obvious that he is no common criminal. This is further proved by the US seeking for his extradition and the officers of the Russian Consulate directly trying to protect him.

Local responsible persons not aware

According to information revealed responsible persons in Sri Lanka were not aware of the real identity of this Russian national. The initial investigations had been conducted based on the information on his passport, law enforcement had strongly believed this information to be true.

However if the officials had in fact obtained his fingerprints and other biological evidence for future use despite his escape should be commended.

But as mentioned above it is clear that the individual was important due to the keen interest shown by the the US embassy and the FBI.

Serious situation

Diplomatic and government sources allowing this individual to avoid the legal course of action while also allowing for him to escape has created a serious situation.

How did this happen? Who are the stakeholders involved? What was the main reason for such interference? Are just some of the issues that have now surfaced due to this situation.

According to one source a powerful political force have attempted to control the event following the Russian nationals arrest.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

Reliable sources claim that the former secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Senior DIG attached to the CID was brought in to gain further information where they were later asked to ‘avoid upsetting the Russians’.

Events take a different turn after this request with his escape is organized with the blessing of the state. While the US embassy in Colombo attempted to prevent this, all their efforts were to no avail.

As a result he successfully escapes from the country with two possibilities for this escape now being presented by sources.

Escaped by a sea route?

According to one source the criminal had escaped by boat in the beginning of December while another claims he escaped through the airport under state protection. That is he had left in the private jet belonging to the owner of Rosoboronexport who visits the country which is the only agent for Russian state and security trade.

If he had in fact escaped by boat questions arise as to how he was able to escape from the Sri Lanka Navy while sources also point out that to leave by private jet he would have had top political support from Sri Lanka.

It is important to note that if he had left by the private jet belonging to one of the most powerful head of a leading armament company then he should be having top connections to the Russian government.

However there are several important facts that one can arrive at about the person in terms of the already confirmed information as well as rumored sources.

According to the top ten of the FBI's most wanted list currently there are four russian nationals identified as Alexei Belen, Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin and Evgeny Mikhailovich Bogachev. Lengthy details of these criminals can be found in FBI files.

The man arrested in Weligama is said to be a black money launderer who is also suspected to be a Russian hacker involved in the US election hacking scandal. According to this information the man appears to closely resemble the character of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

USD 3 million bounty

If the man arrested was in fact Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev it is unsurprising that the US wanted him to be handed over with him being in the FBI most wanted list and having a bounty of USD 3 million on his head.

According to sources the 34 year old Bogachev is a computer specialist who works unofficially for the Russian government.

A dangerous hacker!

He is also known as a dangerous hacker who invented a virus enabling him to take control of over a million computers from all over the world.

In 2011 the FBI began an investigation in to a virus named ‘Zeus Trojan’ or ‘Game Over Trojan’ and its effects as it affected over a million computers causing a financial loss of over USD 100 million.

Computers, particularly in the western province in Sri Lanka was also found to be infected with the virus during the outbreak.

Therefore if he was Bogachev the Russians have good reason to ensure his escape. The main reason for this is as he is considered a valuable asset as opposed to a liability.

Fake Photograph

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Meanwhile a popular website in Sri Lanka has published a photograph said to be of the man arrested. However it has been discovered that this photograph is fake and is originally from a website called 123rf.com which sells photographs.

Therefore Sri Lanka is not in possession of any photographic proof of the person's identity and unofficial sources claim the proof in possession of our authorities have now disappeared. Visit this link to see the fake photograph being used.

Escape by Private Jet

However it is also questionable if a person hiding out in a expensive private hospital would in fact escape in a boat.

Wanted by the US: Who is the Russian Cyber Criminal that escaped from Sri Lanka?

With a USD 3 million bounty set on his head by the FBI, did Russian cybercriminal Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev pose as one Farin Manokin?

Did he escape by boat just months after being released on bail?

Or did he flee in a private jet owned by the owner of Rosoboronexport?

Who provided him security up to the Katunayake airport and dispatched him safely from Sri Lanka?

Did the US embassy request his extradition from the Sri Lankan government after concealing his true identity?

The issue is one of utmost seriousness while bringing into question the safety of Sri Lanka and power of diplomatic services within the country. Therefore it is important to further investigate the main issues believed to be related to this incident.

While the information is not being made public for the benefit of any party, it is now being publicized in public interest as the country is now facing some unique challenges as a result of the current situation.

A Russian Black Money Racketeer!

Earlier this year newspapers reported the arrest of a Russian black money racketeer by the Weligama Police while it was later reported that he was released on bail.

Identified according to reports as Fareen Manokin which claimed that he had escaped from the country a few days ago. While it can be assumed that the reported details had been sourced from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) however many details remain vague including the time frame of events. Though the arrest was reported as have taken place in March it could even be several months later.

Undue influence from Embassies

However, the news of the Russian’s arrest spread like wildfire through the diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka with some even pressurising the Sri Lankan government to hand over him to them.

This arrest, in fact, caused unrest at the Russian Consulate and among other embassies as well. State-owned Daily News published a report on Saturday published the aim of the US embassy in this regard.

Therefore, in this matter, it is necessary to understand the connection between the information presented and the possible relationship between them, which may be vague at times to investigate the current situation of the country.

Waiting for the opportune moment

The man arrested in Weligama on a Friday is released the following Monday on bail with former Chairman of the Board of Investments Upul Jayasuriya and another senior officer representing him.

However, attempts to elicit a response from Upul Jayasuriya in this regard failed.

While gaining bail at the High Court, the man is able to avoid the courts and other government agencies in a systematic manner while taking refuge at a private hospital and a house for several weeks.

Working under orders to keep a low profile till an escape is arranged he is said to have waited until the opportune moment.

Did the US seek extradition?

Meanwhile it is said finding out information regarding the man the US Embassy had requested him to handed over to them according to the extradition treaty between the two countries.

Reliable sources say the US embassy had on several occasions requested for the man to be handed over to them as he is wanted for a large number of crimes committed on US soil.

According to sources Head of the Russian Intelligence service Lieutenant General Igor Korobov is said to have a close relationship with Russian cyber criminals.

The escaped criminal features in the FBI’s most wanted list and sources say this had been conveyed to certain local officials.

However, according to sources from the Sri Lanka Police, no such information was given and was only told that he was connected to several murders committed in the US.

Attempts to disrupt US elections

But additionally a fact revealed by US embassy could have been used to deduce the real identity of the suspect.

That is this individual had worked towards disrupting the US Presidential election held in November 2016.

However criminal investigation organizations in Sri Lanka and political leaders had not taken much notice of this piece of information.

But it could also be that the embassy had failed to disclose all information about the individual while only revealing certain information about the person. If the person had, in fact, being involved in several murders in the US as claimed information regarding the person should be found on the internet.

FBI Information

However, an internet search of the name mentioned in his passport only reveals information on how he was arrested in Sri Lanka and his eventual escape. That is only the information reported in the Daily News and similar information.

This could only mean that the US embassy or the FBI had concealed information about the individual for reasons best known to them.

If he is, in fact, a suspect and a computer expert who is said to have attempted to disrupt the US elections it is obvious that he is no common criminal. This is further proved by the US seeking for his extradition and the officers of the Russian Consulate directly trying to protect him.

Local responsible persons not aware

According to information revealed responsible persons in Sri Lanka were not aware of the real identity of this Russian national. The initial investigations had been conducted based on the information on his passport, law enforcement had strongly believed this information to be true.

However if the officials had in fact obtained his fingerprints and other biological evidence for future use despite his escape should be commended.

But as mentioned above it is clear that the individual was important due to the keen interest shown by the the US embassy and the FBI.

Serious situation

Diplomatic and government sources allowing this individual to avoid the legal course of action while also allowing for him to escape has created a serious situation.

How did this happen? Who are the stakeholders involved? What was the main reason for such interference? Are just some of the issues that have now surfaced due to this situation.

According to one source a powerful political force have attempted to control the event following the Russian nationals arrest.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

Reliable sources claim that the former secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Senior DIG attached to the CID was brought in to gain further information where they were later asked to ‘avoid upsetting the Russians’.

4Events take a different turn after this request with his escape is organized with the blessing of the state. While the US embassy in Colombo attempted to prevent this, all their efforts were to no avail.

As a result he successfully escapes from the country with two possibilities for this escape now being presented by sources.

Escaped by a sea route?

According to one source the criminal had escaped by boat in the beginning of December while another claims he escaped through the airport under state protection. That is he had left in the private jet belonging to the owner of Rosoboronexport who visits the country which is the only agent for Russian state and security trade.

If he had in fact escaped by boat questions arise as to how he was able to escape from the Sri Lanka Navy while sources also point out that to leave by private jet he would have had top political support from Sri Lanka.

It is important to note that if he had left by the private jet belonging to one of the most powerful head of a leading armament company then he should be having top connections to the Russian government.

However there are several important facts that one can arrive at about the person in terms of the already confirmed information as well as rumored sources.

According to the top ten of the FBI's most wanted list currently there are four russian nationals identified as Alexei Belen, Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin and Evgeny Mikhailovich Bogachev. Lengthy details of these criminals can be found in FBI files.

The man arrested in Weligama is said to be a black money launderer who is also suspected to be a Russian hacker involved in the US election hacking scandal. According to this information the man appears to closely resemble the character of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

USD 3 million bounty

If the man arrested was in fact Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev it is unsurprising that the US wanted him to be handed over with him being in the FBI most wanted list and having a bounty of USD 3 million on his head.

According to sources the 34 year old Bogachev is a computer specialist who works unofficially for the Russian government.

A dangerous hacker!

He is also known as a dangerous hacker who invented a virus enabling him to take control of over a million computers from all over the world.

In 2011 the FBI began an investigation in to a virus named ‘Zeus Trojan’ or ‘Game Over Trojan’ and its effects as it affected over a million computers causing a financial loss of over USD 100 million.

Computers, particularly in the western province in Sri Lanka was also found to be infected with the virus during the outbreak.

Therefore if he was Bogachev the Russians have good reason to ensure his escape. The main reason for this is as he is considered a valuable asset as opposed to a liability.

Fake Photograph

Meanwhile a popular website in Sri Lanka has published a photograph said to be of the man arrested. However it has been discovered that this photograph is fake and is originally from a website called 123rf.com which sells photographs.

Therefore Sri Lanka is not in possession of any photographic proof of the person's identity and unofficial sources claim the proof in possession of our authorities have now disappeared. Visit this link to see the fake photograph being used.

Escape by Private Jet

However it is also questionable if a person hiding out in a expensive private hospital would in fact escape by boat. Therefore it is unsurprising if he had escaped by the private jet of Rosoboronexport.

2In recent times there has been much political discussion regarding the Rosoboronexport company and the Russian government funding Sri Lanka has received through them while media has also pointed out its links to a private media organizations parent company in the recent past.

Katunayake Airport

However according to sources there is currently no proof to say he escaped via the Airport as being alleged. And that he was handed over to Russia due to his nationality they said adding that the news of his escape is a concocted lie.

However this situation also goes on to prove that Sri Lanka is now trapped between the Diplomatic tussles of other powerful countries and should focus on how they approach the issue as it is very important that correct decisions are taken to protect the country and its future security.

(isis.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by isis.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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