After serving five years in prison in France, Russian IT and crypto specialist Alexander Vinnik faces the possibility of returning to Greece and handing over to the United States. The French Court of Cassation recently dismissed the appeal filed by his defense against his transfer.
Extradition of US criminals continues to haunt BTC-e Alexander Vinick
Notorious alleged operator BTC-e The exchange Alexander Vinick is once again under threat of surrender to the United States. The Russian international defense team is still trying to secure his release, but French judiciary sent him back to Greece, where he appears to have been arrested.
In December 2020, Vinnik Judgment He was put in jail for five years for money laundering in France when he was handed over to Greece. In the summer of 2017, Vinick was arrested in Thessaloniki, Greece, and arrived on vacation with his family.
The Russian public fully provided his French judgment, taking into account the rules of his pretrial detention and parole. Officially, he was allowed to go to Russia. In Russia, authorities are also seeking his surrender for another charge. He has expressed his will to return to his homeland in the past.
However, France intends to hand him over to Greece after the appeal filed last month by his defense, consisting of Russian, French and Greek legal experts, has been dismissed. Frederick Bellott, a French lawyer representing Vinick, told Kommersant every day to his Russian business:
On Tuesday, June 28, without motive or justification, the Court of Cassation decided to dismiss the appeal. This was an unexpected and shocking decision.
Alexander Vinick is likely to be transferred to Greece and then to the United States, as Greek authorities have already granted the US surrender request before sending him to France. The lawyer managed to stop the immediate transfer in another appeal and turned to the European Court of Human Rights for help.
US prosecutors believe Vinnik has laundered at least $ 4 billion through the currently non-functional crypto exchange BTC-e. U.S. investigators also argued that some of the digital money that passed through the crypto trading platform could have been used to fund Russian security forces, Vinnik collaborated with Russian intelligence. I suspect that I am doing it.
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