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Now you see him, now you don’t.

Ukrainian Hennadiy Kapkanov, a shady figure from the world of cybercrime, and the alleged head of the cybercrime organization Avalanche, has disappeared just days after his arrest by Ukrainian police.

In an international operation on Nov. 30 that included efforts by 30 countries, the Ukrainian National Police arrested Kapkanov in his apartment in Poltava, 350 kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Kapkanov resisted arrest, armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and a handgun.

But a court in Poltava released Kapkanov on Dec. 2, after prosecutors failed to make the case that the alleged cybercrime boss, who had been wanted for four years, should remain in detention.

He promptly disappeared.

Now Kapkanov has again been placed on the wanted list in Ukraine, while Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko promised to find both the suspect and those responsible for his release.

“I do not exclude that the newly appointed

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