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Posted on March 30 2018

Update 4/13/2018

Docket Report
Also appears that Nikulin finally has Counsel versus a Public Defender.
And based on this CyberScoop👉🏻 article.
It absolutely appears Nikulin’s *new* Attorney is exploring “a plea deal”:
  • “The legal team for Yevgeniy Nikulin, the Russian hacker accused of stealing data from LinkedIn and other American tech firms, will explore a plea deal with the U.S. government, according to Nikulin’s lawyer, Arkady Bukh.


  • “The likelihood of a trial is not very high,” Bukh said. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, where Nikulin’s trial would occur, “has over a 99 percent conviction rate. We are not throwing clients under the bus,” Bukh said.


Arkady L. Bukh Bio:

In 2015 Bukh gained notoriety by representing representing Azamat Tazhayakov. Who was a college student, that was charged with conspiring to obstruct justice and obstructing justice with the intent to impede a terrorism investigation during the intense federal investigation related to the Boston Bombing.
Tazhayakov Criminal case #Case No. 13-MS-2161-MBB
DOJ 2015 Press Release re Tazhayakov  
,2014 Bukh firm announced it would accept BitCoin
see BitCoin Magazine 👉🏻Article 👈🏻
Arkady Bukh, specializes in cyber criminal cases. Bukh has begun accepting the digital currency as payment helping ensure the privacy his clients expect...”
here’s a partial list of Bukh’s Former clients:
  • Igor Klopov, he targeted 400 individuals identified on the Forbes list: “including a close friend of former President George W. Bush; Oleg Nikolaenko, dubbed “King of Spam” by the FBI. Nikolaenko was responsible for one-third of the world’s spam before being arrested in 2009”



  • Dmitry Smilyanets, most widely known as the founder of a championship electronic gaming team called Moscow 5, traveled the world for competitions. Smilyanets was able to steal 140 million credit cards”



  • Vlad Horohorin who was described by the US Secret Service as one of its five most wanted cyber criminals globally.“


Update 3/30/18

Defenant Nikulin made his first appearance in Federal Court, it appears he is being represented by a Public Defender. The Judge ordered a Russian speaking translator.

Nikulin entetered a: Not Guilty Plea

see Minute Order on the recent docket report below:



Also on a related note, earlier this week Speaker Ryan traveled to Czech Republic and gave a speech to the lower parliament. Keep in mind the Czech Courts had yet to make a determination on Nikulin’s Extradition.  It’s also worth noting that this was a tug of war between America and Russia, as detailed in the original entry, below the fold.


Speaker Ryan went on to disclose the following:

  • March 27  “we have every reason to believe and expect that Mr. Nikulin will be extradited to America.”


See Radio Free Liberty Article  Speaker Ryan in Prague addresses Nikulin Extradition

 See video of Speaker Ryan meeting with the under chamber of the house of Reps in Prague




Yevgeniy Nikulin

For those who do not know, one of my main areas of research has and will always be:

  • Hackers, Hacking, basically Cyber Warfare, Cyber Darwinism
  • Court Activity related to aforementioned.
  • Extradition of said hackers and/or Oligarchs
  • Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Iran
  • CryptoCurrency


Perhaps that might explain why my twitter accounts were targeted over and over again. At one point I was tracking 11 Indictments of various hackers. Sadly all that data is now gone. Yet here I am rebuilding what I had previously built 3 times before.


So imagine my delight seeing this Reuters article, Nikulin Czech Court -Extradition to USA   

What was overlooked is Nikulin filed an appeal for BOTH America and Russia extraditions. Once again Russia trying to end-run America. On  February 2, 2018 the Czech Constitutional Court Suspended Nikulin’s Appeal for his extradition to Russia. Nikulin’s Attorney, Vladimir Makeev. argued that the main goal was to fight his extradition to America. Court later referenced Nikulin’s Attorney’s argument in their order to suspend extradition proceedings to Russia;

  • “Prague can refuse extradition not only to the Americans, but also to Russia. However, the main goal of the defense is to prevent the extradition of the detainee to the United States, where he faces 54 years of imprisonment for cybercrime,”

Nikulin was arrested by the Czech police at the request of the FBI in October 2016. And has remained in Czech custody since the.

He is accused of involvement in hacker attacks on the sites of a number of large American companies in 2012.

  • Nikulin stated he was “forced”  to give false evidence – when he confessed his hacking was part of Russia’s 2016 interference.


  • Shortly thereafter Russia sent a request for its extradition. In Moscow he is accused of stealing more than 100 thousand rubles ($1780) from e-wallets in 2009.


  • And thus explains why Nikulin dropped his appeal concerning his extradition to Russia.


The October 2016 Department of Justice Press Release:

DOJ Oct 2016 Nikulin PR


  • Nikulin, accessed computers belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, each of which has its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • The indictment further alleges that the defendant accessed the computers without authorization and that he obtained information from the computers.
  • According to the indictment, the defendant also caused damage to computers belonging to a LinkedIn employee and to Formspring by transmitting a program, information, code, or command
  • Nikulin also is alleged to have used the credentials of LinkedIn and Formspring employees in connection with the computer intrusions.
  • Further, Nikulin is alleged to have engaged in a conspiracy with unnamed co-conspirators to traffic stolen Formspring user credentials.


“In all, Nikulin is charged with three counts of computer intrusion; two counts of intentional transmission of information, code, or command causing damage to a protected computer; two counts of aggravated identity theft; one count of trafficking in unauthorized access devices; and one count of conspiracy.”


Unsealed Indictment 

Once the Czech confirmed Nikulin was in custody, the Department of Justice unsealed his Indictment and Superseding Indictment. You can read/download the Nikulin Indictment here

Nikulin Indictment –


See undercover video of Nikulin just before extradition 



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