The Developer Of Cybertank, Andrey Kirsanov Was Given 2.5 Years Of Probation

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

20 thoughts on “The Developer Of Cybertank, Andrey Kirsanov Was Given 2.5 Years Of Probation

  1. “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.”

    I suspect WG precisely did this as a publicity stunt per se: Either that amount was not worth pursuing (when they can just as easily rob it from the players’ pockets) or they know being lenient would distance themselves from the totalitarian Russian mindset (thus further appealing to the notion of being on the players’ side).

    And I say: Nice try, WG. I know your history. Belarus was one of the few countries to willingly continue diplomatic and economic cooperation with the USSR when many other satellites were demanding independence. The only good WG is a dead one. And Andrey should have just suffered. Who cares if getting that amount would ruin him? You can find high-quality programmers from some of the top CS programs in the US. However, most of them would probably not want to work for WG.

    1. Oh yes, 10 million euro not worth the effort.
      With today’s (7 july) exchange rate.

  2. What a waste of time and money.
    Should of jailed that autist forever. Russian bistche.

    1. Please, he said he was socially adept.
      Autists typically aren’t socially adept, I can know, I am one.

      Still, sounds like a typical sob story to me to get a lesser penalty.

      1. The scary thing is that, if it really was a stock sob story, it still worked and the hacker avoided jail time.

        1. Cyber crimes are given the same punishment as violent crimes in the US

          Even though Russia is actively invading another country and capturing as many civilians as possible to send to camps, they still have more sensible cyber laws. Why do you think that is?

          1. Buhahaha! There is NO invasion, just a special military operation! F you, that neo-Nazi ukraine and all of its braindead supporters! :* <3


  3. Dude avoided becoming a little b*tch for the bratva guys in prison, lol.

    If all it takes to dodge the slammer is to claim you help your parents because they’re old, no wonder we have people like the recent Ohio shooter free to do what they want.

    1. Go back to bed America. Every mass shooter is on “meds” and is dismissed as “nutcase”.
      More shootings happen every weekend in Chicago from black gang on black gang violence. That’s conveniently ignored by that sad geriatric Biden

      1. I’m not American you tool, I take offense at being called one.

        Also, that Ohio creep was known to the law for attempted suicide and for murder threats to his family, was prescribed a counseling course but nothing came of it. This before COVID.

        Seems to me that “black vs black” is only a part of a larger issue of law enforcement and social services being totally inept and/or uncaring. Oh but, the cops sure are good at shooting 90+ pistol bullets at one guy’s back. 🙂

  4. UUUUUU, WG “lost” some revenue…. WHO GIVES A FUUUUUUUUUUCK, correct to them.

    1. It’s obvious. WG agreed not to pursue costs and that nerd now works for them for free.
      Probably building even better WG run player bots lol

  5. Who is that beautiful lady on the right, under the crest? Does she have an Insta account?

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