Fontanka, a Russian news site, has recently reported that the FBI has arrested the owner of the esports team, Moscow 5.
Dmitry “ddd1ms” Smilyanets is a famous esports personality known for owning the Russian powerhouse team Moscow 5. The Russian esports organization is in competitive gaming with teams involved in CS, Dota 2 and League of Legends. However if this news is proven to be true, not only Smilyanets is managing a professional team, he is also involved in credit card fraud according to the FBI. Smilyanets allegedly is part of a criminal network which has already amassed $205,000.00 in online credit card fraud. A son of the speaker of the Federation Council, Sergei Matvienko, stands co-accused with Smilyanets.
Moscow 5 has released the statement below following the incident:
“Yesterday a well-known Russian news site Fontanka.ru published news concering the arrest of the leader of our team - Dmitry the Brave (real name Dmitry Smilyanets). Below you can read the official statement of M5 on the matter. Dmitry was indeed staying in Holland and was indeed arrested. Despite the fact that a week has passed since the arrest, the Russian Foreign Ministry still has no information to why Dmitry was arrested, because the Dutch officials refuse to provide any details. Dmitry's father left for Amsterdam in order to settle the incident as soon as possible. Despite this incident, our DotA 2 and League of Legends teams keep on practicing for the upcoming major tournaments. Today M5.DotA2 will play at Starladder Season2 qualifier playoffs and M5.LoL will practice for the European Challenger Circuit, which takes place in Poland at the end of July and will feature $40.000 prize purse. Our 1.6 female team is practicising for a LAN cup in Kiev, which will take place at the 15th of July.”
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