Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Karim Baratov charged in massive Yahoo hack is not Kazakh citizen: MFA

Karim Baratov, a 22-year-old dual Kazakh-Canadian citizen, is fighting extradition to face USA charges he was paid by Russian intelligence agents to break into email accounts.

Baratov was one of four people charged in a U.S. Justice Department indictment on Wednesday that portrayed Russian security services as having worked hand-in-hand with cyber criminals in the Yahoo case.

M - Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry said Karim Baratov, one of four men indicted by USA authorities over a massive Yahoo hack in early 2014, is not a Kazakh citizen.

The American request also alleges that Baratov has engaged in other hacking activity and identity theft that are not connected to these charges.

In court on Friday, his lawyers said they will fight the extradition and want to get him out on bail when he appears next on April 5.

The documents were filed with the court by USA and Canadian law enforcement officials seeking Baratov's arrest and were obtained by CBC Hamilton after Baratov appeared in court by video link on Friday.

Karim Baratov did not say anything during his appearance, looking straight ahead with his hands in front of him.

One of Baratov's lawyers said outside court that the allegations against his client are unfounded. Dicarlo said his client is "healthy" and "confident" but refused to answer questions about Baratov's personal life or profession, describing him only as an "entrepreneur".

USA authorities said earlier this week that Baratov and three others, including two men alleged to be officers of the Russian Federal Security Service, were indicted for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.

US authorities are seeking his extradition and have up to 60 days to prepare their case prior to an extradition hearing; until then, Baratov's arrest is provisional.

Paradkar also noted that Baratov is no longer a Kazakh citizen.

"I can not describe what Karim does nor who he is until the time is right", he said.

A lawyer for Baratov said the plan was to "strongly defend" against the Federal Bureau of Investigation allegations.

The U.S. officials said they took note of Baratov's extravagant lifestyle through the depictions in his voluminous and showy social media accounts.

The three other suspects in the case are Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33, Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, 43, and Alexsey Alexseyevich (Magg) Belan, 29, all Russian nationals and residents.

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