Vasiliy Gorshkov and Alexey Ivanov
Vasiliy Gorshkov did not set out to be a thief. Relatives and friends say he had wanted to build a dot-com . . . Gorshkov, then 24, didn't have the cash. Business associates recalled that he didn't even have enough money to keep paying his four programmers. But one of those programmers, 19-year-old Alexey Ivanov, said he knew how to raise the protection money, according to lawyers familiar with the conversation. Goshkov could offer a protection service of his own. To online businesses. Six thousand miles away in the United States.