MOSCOW, September 6 (RAPSI) — Russian national Viktor Zhilin, who stands charged with using pirated software at a government entity he once headed, faces trial for causing damage exceeding 2 million rubles ($28,000 at the current exchange rate), the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office told RAPSI.

Zhilin fled from justice and was hiding from Russian law enforcement agencies in Montenegro from 2011 to 2021, where he was detained and extradited to Russia.

As part of the investigation of this criminal case, it was established that from March 2002 to August 2008 Zhilin, having at the disposal of the organization he headed two licensed copies of the Autodesk ARHITECTURAL DEKTOR 2006 software product, instructed his subordinate employees to copy and install the counterfeit software product on 22 working computers, the Prosecutor General’s Office have reported earlier.

The damage to the copyright holder amounted to more than 2 million rubles ($28,000 at the current exchange rate). The ex-director was charged with committing illegal use of copyright objects committed in abuse of office on an especially large scale.