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The Lure: The True Story of How the Department of Justice Brought Down Two of the World’s Most Dangerous Cyber Criminals by Steve Schroeder

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Chapter 14. The Defense Case and the Conclusion

“The defense will call Maxim Semenov,” Mr. Kanev announced.

The big double doors to the courtroom swung open, and a small, anxious-looking young man, who was casually dressed, hesitantly stepped through. Directed to take the witness stand, he introduced himself as “Semenov, Maxim.” He lived, he explained, in Chelyabinsk, where he worked as a programmer at a newly formed company that did not have a name. He also attended the university where he was studying “computer specialty.” He had worked as a computer programmer “quite a long time,” he said. At least three years.

Asked by Mr. Kanev if he knew Vasily Gorshkov, he replied that he did, gesturing toward Mr. Gorshkov, who was seated at the defense table. ...

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