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Russian National Seleznev Refuses Testimony Over Alleged Cybercrimes in US Court

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Roman Seleznev, a Russian national on trial in the United States for alleged cybercrimes, has refused to testify in court, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom.

SEATTLE (Sputnik) — "Yes, I do," Seleznev said in response to a question by District Judge Richard Jones on whether he refuses to testify.

The 32-year old, who is accused of committing 40 cybercrimes, remained calm throughout the hearing.

Seleznev's defense is expected to question the only witness in the case before passing the case to the jury by Wednesday. The Jury will then pass a verdict on the case.

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According to US prosecutors, Seleznev hacked into retail point-of-sale systems and installed malware in order to steal more than two million credit card numbers from businesses between October 2009 and October 2013. In July 2014, US forces in the Maldives detained Seleznev, transferred him to Guam before bringing him to Seattle.

Seleznev is on trial in Seattle, Washington. The trial began earlier in August, and may last for up to four weeks, according to Seleznev’s lawyer John Henry Browne.

Russian authorities have characterized the detention of Seleznev by the United States as kidnapping.

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