The arrest of Russian cybersecurity titan Ilya Sachkov

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Our main story this week is the treason case against Ilya Sachkov, the 35-year-old CEO of the cybersecurity firm Group-IB. On Wednesday morning, September 29, hours after officials raided the company’s Moscow office, a local court jailed Sachkov for the next two months, pending trial. That will likely be extended several times, as the authorities collect more evidence. The Naked Pravda explores why Sachkov may have been arrested and asks what his case means for Russia’s cybersecurity industry and Moscow’s troubled cooperation with the United States against cybercrime.

Timestamps for this week’s episode:

(2:12) Developments in Russia’s expanding regulation of “foreign agents”(7:57) A blogger’s scandalous offense, plus RT enlists the might of Russia’s federal censor in its battle with YouTube(13:00) Dr. Josephine Wolff, an associate professor of cybersecurity policy at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy(16:58) Dr. Julien Nocetti, an associate fellow at the French Institute of International Relations(19:45) RFE/RL journalist Mike Eckel

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