Bitcoin hit the headlines in Russia again this week after it emerged the country’s law enforcement had tried to extract a bitcoin bribe worth $1 million.
FSB Illegally Sought $1.02 Million
As local cryptocurrency news media outlet Coinspot.io reported April 17, a scandal involving Russia’s secret police and the ex-head of one of the country’s biggest newspapers has boiled over, with both parties now finding themselves under arrest.
According to an ongoing court case, up to 15 members of Russia’s FSB secret service may have tried to squeeze 65 million rubles ($1.02 million) out of the estate of a media mogul in return for his freedom.
The suspect, Izvestiya ex-CEO Erast Galumov, is allegedly wanted on charges of fraud involving 43 million rubles ($670,000). Lawyers continue to query whether any wrongdoing ever took place.
According to events which have now come to light, members of an FSB bureau in Moscow, charged with investigating IT-related crimes, ended up using a pseudonym to threaten Galimov’s family.