Andrey Vekshin, 24-year-old guy from the town of Severodvinsk proved this old saying: “If something goes up, then someone goes down.” Grand thefts went up last October, when Andrey stole from totally secret places, where even spies could not get access to.
Barbed wire that was carrying current, dogs, and security guard protect the factories of Severodvisnk, which manufacture the most secret production in the country – nuclear submarines. The scale of the theft set a record. Andrey Vekshin was a very young boy, when he committed his first theft in 1996 – he turned 24 only on March 8, 2002 (Women’s Day). Apparently, only such a young mind could guess, how to get into the “secret garden.” The guy simply used the fire escape to climbed up to the second storey of the factory, broke the window, and took loads of computer stuff and accessories. He had no spying equipment, no accomplices, nothing. He just got into the window that he “liked at first sight,” and guessed it right. He did not actually steal big monitors and system blocks – he took some main boards out of them, and the accounting department of the factory could not work for several months.
Andrey committed a dozen of other thefts like that afterwards, and his method of stealing was the same: climbing up, breaking windows and bars, and getting in. His did his last “deed” in the fall of the year 2000. The whole departments were working for months to renew and recalculate the databases, which Andrey destroyed. It became known later that the guy was doing all those things not for foreign intelligence, or for Chechen gunmen, he was simply trying to earn some money for himself.
Andrey Vekshin was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. It’s not much because he confessed his crime, helped the investigation, and had remarkable characteristics. Specialists say that he will be released in some 18 months, because he is very quite and it is his first criminal record.
Andrey Mikhailov PRAVDA.Ru Severodvinsk
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov