The Verkh-Isetsky Court of Yekaterinburg announced the verdict for 37-year-old Andrei Kirsanov. A resident of the Ural capital was found guilty under article 273 of the Criminal Code “Creation, use and distribution of malicious computer programs.” From 2015 to 2021, Kirsanov sold bots for World of Tanks and World of Warships games. It is also noteworthy that the game developer, Wargaming, initially estimated the damage at 670 million rubles. But later decided not to file any claim. The representative of the organization, whose development center is located in Minsk, explained this briefly. “Times have changed,” he said.
Kirsanov himself fully admitted his guilt, and when choosing a preventive measure, the court took into account his repentance and the presence of elderly parents.
“At the time I am officially employed.
I would ask the court not to impose such a severe punishment and leave me in the circle of my family, since I am the only child in the family, and my parents can only come for help to me. I am socially adapted, I have been living in Yekaterinburg for a long time, and I am ready to execute the sentence at the place of my residence,”
says Andrey Kirsanov in his last word.
The court sentenced the programmer to 2 years and 6 months probation. Now he is forbidden to travel outside Yekaterinburg and change his place of residence without the consent of the state.
It should be noted that Andrey Kirsanov became the first cybercriminal in the gaming industry in Russia.
“He won’t make any more mistakes. He will be law-abiding,” – said his father, Yuri Kirsanov, after the trial.
The convict stated that he was satisfied with the verdict and was not going to appeal against it.
Source: WOT Express