Russia has accused the United States of violating a bilateral
treaty and "kidnapping" a Russian accused of hacking into
U.S. retailers' computer systems to steal credit card data.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on July 5 arrested
Roman Valerevich Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker, for
what it said were crimes carried out from 2009 to 2011.
The 30-year-old's father Valery Seleznev, a deputy in
Russia's lower house, said in a statement he "intends to take
all necessary steps to protect his lawful interests."
Roman Seleznev was apprehended in an airport in the Maldives,
the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"We consider this as the latest unfriendly move from
Washington," it said in a statement on its website.
"This is not the first time the U.S. side, ignoring a
bilateral treaty ... on mutual assistance in criminal
matters, has gone ahead with what amounts to the kidnapping
of a Russian citizen."
Seleznev was indicted in Washington state in March 2011 on
charges including bank fraud, causing damage to a protected
computer, obtaining information from a protected computer and
aggravated identity theft, the U.S. agency said in a
The indictment said Seleznev hacked into websites ranging
from those run by the Phoenix Zoo, a branch of Schlotzsky's
Deli and many other small restaurants and entertainment
venues around the country.
Relations between Russia and the United States are at a low
ebb in Vladimir Putin's third term as president, with the
former Cold War enemies divided over the conflicts in Syria
and Ukraine as well as on human rights, democracy and defence