Greek Court Grants Russia’s Request for the Extradition of Alexander Vinnik “Bitcoin Fraud Suspect”
A court in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, has accepted on Monday Russia’s request for the extradition of Alexander Vinnik, who is charged with money laundering and Bitcoin fraud.
At the hearing on Monday, Vinnik reportedly denied allegations of fraudulent activity and said that he was fighting U.S. dominance in the global financial system. The court’s decision complicates the case as the U.S. and France seek his extradition as well.
Vinnik who is a former owner of crypto exchange BTC-e was detained in Greece on July 25 at the US request, where he is accused of laundering four to nine billion dollars over the course of six years, through the now non-existent BTC-e cryptocurrency trading platform.
Timofey Musatov, Vinnik’s lawyer, told the press that a motion was filed to replace the preventive punishment with house arrest, but the court didn’t approve it.
The Russian authorities insisted that their request should be prioritized over France’s, given the fact that Russia is the home country of the defendant.
As for the court’s decision to extradite Vinnik to Russia, the lawyer noted that the defense and Vinnik himself were satisfied with it. “Alexander is ready to be extradited to Russia, he has always wanted it,” Spirliadis stressed.
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