World Bulletin/News Desk
Russian media carried reports that the man arrested may be the son of a member of parliament, Valery Seleznev. The deputy told Russia's Itar-Tass news agency he had not been able to speak to his son but added: "This is a monstrous lie and a provocative act."
"We consider this as the latest unfriendly move from Washington," it said in a statement on its website.
"This is not the first time the U.S. side, ignoring a bilateral treaty ... on mutual assistance in criminal matters, has gone ahead with what amounts to the kidnapping of a Russian citizen."
Roman Seleznev was indicted in Washington state in March 2011 on charges including bank fraud, causing damage to a protected computer, obtaining information from a protected computer and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. agency said in a statement.
The indictment said Seleznev hacked into websites ranging from those run by the Phoenix Zoo, a branch of Schlotzsky's Deli and many other small restaurants and entertainment venues around the country.
Relations between Russia and the United States are at a low ebb in Vladimir Putin's third term as president, with the former Cold War enemies divided over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine as well as on human rights, democracy and defence matters.Last Mod: 08 Temmuz 2014, 13:26