On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ), headed by pro-Israel Jeff Sessions, announced that Karim Baratov had been indicted, along with two Russian intelligence officers and a Russian man once on the FBI’s Most Wanted Cyber Criminals list, in connection with a hack of 500 million Yahoo accounts. None of the charges have been proven in court.
Kazakh-Canadian Karim Baratov, 22, was arrested in March 2017, in Hamilton, Ontario as part of Russiagate conspiracy. Ottawa has extradited him to United States.
Baratov is not charged under Canadian law but the US authorities have claimed that the young man from Muslim-majority Kazakhstan was involved in hacking initiated in 2014 targeting Yahoo, Google and other webmail providers for which he was handsomely paid by Russians.
Baratov is represented by Toronto criminal lawyer Jag Virk (Sikh) who says his client has no previous criminal record – and the charges against him may be politically motivated by the US.
In March 2017, Israel’s propaganda outlet, The Canadian Press, claimed that Baratov lived a princely life; living in a Can$642,500 home, wearing expensive clothes and driving several flashy cars such as Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, an Audi, and a Lamborghini. He ‘burned’ money by giving gifts to his friends.
“If Baratov is convicted, he will spend 20 years in jail and the US authorities will seize all assets that are considered to be the proceeds of crime,” said The Canadian Press.
I know it’s antisemitism to compare Baratov to world’s greatest conman Bernard Modoff who milked US$65 billion off Wall Street investors including some Jewish charities and synagogues. His son 46-year-old son Mark committed suicide on December 11, 2010 over most of his father’s loot ending up in Israel.