Alexander Vinnik who laundered $4 billion in the US comes from Skolkovo?
The US are negotiating with Greece to extradite the founder of one of the oldest stock exchanges of the crypto-currency.
The jury of San Francisco charged Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik with laundering of $4 billion through the exchange of crypto-currencies. This is reported by Kommersant.
The edition of RBC told the details of this high-profile story. June 25, 38-year-old Alexander Vinnik was detained in a Greek hotel in Thessaloniki on request of the United States. According to American law enforcement officers, he is the creator of one of the oldest stock exchanges, the BTC’s crypto currency. Since July 25, it does not function: according to the official twitter, because of "technical work in the data center."
According to the media, the FBI has been monitoring the Russian since May 2016, when he was staying at the Abu Dhabi hotel. After Vinnik moved to Greece, the US Justice Department sent documents to the local authorities suggesting the connection of a Russian with a hacker attack on the Mt.Gox crypto exchange. Until 2014 through Mt.Gox passed up to 70% of the world trade bitcoins. In 2014, the exchange was attacked, during which 850 thousand bitcoins (about $500 million) were stolen. According to the US, about 306 thousand bitcoins have been transferred to accounts related to BTC. After this incident, Mt.Gox went bankrupt.
At the moment, Vinnik was arrested for two months. The Russian does not admit his guilt. According to media reports, the Greek authorities are negotiating for the extradition of his US.
According to RBC, BTC-e was created in 2011 by graduates of Skolkovo Alexey and Alexander. In an interview with CoinDesk, the exchange was registered in Cyprus, the servers are located in Bulgaria, and several banks are used for financial transactions, one of which is located in the Czech Republic. The exchange allowed both bringing and withdrawing bitcoins. For each service, the exchange took a commission - 5% for input and 5-7% for withdrawal. In January 2016, the BTC website was blocked in accordance with the court's decision.
As experts say, millions of dollars were circulating on BTC. Initially, crypto-currencies were considered a semi-legal business, used to pay for the purchase of drugs, weapons and pornography. Later, when the market of crypto currency came out of the shadow, the BTC-e remained in the gray zone, which allowed it to conduct semi-legal operations.
According to some experts, the detention of Vinnik may be part of the war between competing exchanges: the market is growing, and the share of participants is getting smaller.