A military court in Moscow on Tuesday jailed a top cyber intelligence officer from Russia’s main domestic security agency on treason charges — in a remarkably murky case that has attracted speculation that it could be linked to the 2016 U.S. election.
The Moscow District Military Court sentenced Sergey Mikhailov, who was deputy head of Russia’s Federal Security Service or FSB’s cybersecurity center, to 22 years in a prison colony and fined him 400,000 rubles ($6,130). His co-defendant, Ruslan Stoyanov, a former police investigator and top researcher at the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, received 14 years in prison.
The trial has been cloaked in deep secrecy, conducted behind closed doors, and very few details have surfaced publicly. But what has emerged has offered tantalizing and frequently confusing insights into the closed world of Russian cyber espionage — with suggestions that the men were convicted for passing classified information to