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Friday 27 June 2014

Vladimir Tsastsin sentenced to 6 years, 4 months in jail

A search of the office of Vladimir Tšaštšini
Photo: Jassu Hertsmann
Source: DELFI.ee
Sometimes the wheels of justice work very slowly. Back in 2011 I mentioned that Vladimir Tsastsin had been arrested in Estonia - the kingpin of EstHost, EstDomain and Rove Digital among other criminal enterprises, Tsastsin and his accomplices were responsible for a great deal of illegal activity in the past decade.

In this case a Court of Appeal in Estonia handed down a prison sentence of 6 years 4 months to Vladimir Tsastsin, and his accomplices were jailed from ranges of 1 year 10 months to 3 years 10 months or fined up to €100,000.

A full report of the sentences can be found here (in Estonian) or autotranslated below:

The circuit court sentenced Vladimir küberkurijategija Tšaštšini more than six years in prison

June 26, 2014 16:38

The District Court sentenced today Tšaštšini Vladimir and his associates guilty of large scale money laundering activities of criminal association.

The Court of Appeal overturned the decision today, Harju County Court judgment of 20 December 2013, was sentenced to Vladimir Tšaštšin, Valentina Tšaštšina, Timur Gerassimenko, Dmitri Egorov, Konstantin Poltev, Oak Development LLC, Credit Union Ltd., IT Consulting, LLC and Infradata Novatech Ltd, and the case acquitted new decision, which ordered all parties guilty of large scale money laundering activities of criminal association.

Dmitri Egorov, Konstantin Poltev Novatech Ltd, and was convicted of a criminal offense as facilitators. Vladimir Tšaštšin was convicted in a criminal organization, the organization and management.

Do not subject to being sentenced to the penalty of Vladimir Tšaštšinile 6 years and 4 months and 6 days in prison.

Valentina Tšaštšinale sentenced to 3 years 10 months in prison, Timur Gerassimenkole 1 year, 10 months and 9 days, Dmitri Jegorov 1 year and 8 days, Konstantin Poltevile two years and eight days in prison.

Oak Development LLC, was sentenced to a financial penalty of 100,000 euros, Credit Union Ltd. for 60,000 euros, Infradata OÜ 40,000 euros, IT Consulting for 20,000 euros and Novatech LLC for 20,000 euros. Also convicted were confiscated criminal assets.

The indictment accused Parties Act to the greatest extent in money laundering and criminal organization.

The District Court denied the position of the county in which the county court held that the predicate offense, or computer crimes are not shown because there is no final judicial decision in this regard.

The District Court found that the purpose is not a final judicial decision is required, it is sufficient if there is evidence that a predicate offense has been committed. Proved the predicate offenses being committed U.S. indictment and other evidence gathered in the matter.

The Court of Appeal found that there was no malicious software downloads computer users to consent because there is no evidence that computer users have agreed to the installation of malware on their computer, and the relevant provisions of the amendment.

It also disagreed with the district court of the county's position that the prosecution has violated the principle of prohibition of double punishment because the parties have been charged in the money laundering and criminal organization, but the U.S. indictment accused the parties of computer crimes. Thus, making various allegations.

The decision can be challenged in the Supreme Court within 30 days, said a spokesman for the Tallinn Administrative Court and the District Court.

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