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Porn Hacker Jailed for Drugs

Published: March 26, 2010 (Issue # 1559)


MOSCOW — A Siberian hacker who streamed a pornographic film on an electronic billboard in central Moscow in January has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling marijuana, Life News reported Wednesday.

Igor Blinnikov, 41, was sentenced by a Novorossiisk court for selling 20 grams of marijuana to undercover narcotics officers in a sting operation last May, the report said.

Blinnikov was briefly detained at the time and released with a written promise not to leave town.

His porn stunt made national headlines in January when he hacked into a server of an advertising agency operating a billboard next to the Interior Ministry building on the Garden Ring.

Blinnikov inserted a two-minute clip with an interracial sex scene into the queue of video ads shown on the billboard, causing a traffic jam during the 20 minutes that it played.

Investigators tracked down the hacker — who used servers in Novosibirsk, Nalchik and Grozny to cover his tracks — a month later. Blinnikov told them that he had done it for fun.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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