Prosecutor General's Office opens new case against Alexander Vinnik detained in Greece

Prosecutor General's Office opens new case against Alexander Vinnik detained in Greece
Alexander Vinnik

The co-owner of crypto-exchange BTC-e was accused of a particularly large fraud.

A new criminal case on Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) was initiated against the co-owner of BTC-e exchange, Alexander Vinnik, who was detained in Greece, RBC informs citing the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office. Russia again requested extradition of Vinnik. 

It is reported that in March and April Vinnik passed a statement to the Prosecutor General's Office in which he confessed to crimes related to money laundering and fraud in the sphere of computer information. A criminal case was opened on this fact on June 25, and on July 1, Moscow Ostankinsky Court ruled to imprison the Russian citizen.

The Prosecutor General's Office sent a new request for the extradition of Vinnik to the Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights of Greece. 

It is also reported that the Investigative Committee of Russia is investigating information about an attempt on Vinnik in the Greek prison. A source of RIA Novosti reported about the upcoming murder in May. 

Alexander Vinnik was arrested in Greece at the request of the United States. The US authorities accuse him of laundering from $4 to $ 9billion through BTC-e crypto-exchange. According to the investigation, he received the funds after hacking Japanese stock exchange Mt.Gox in 2014. Then 850 thousand bitcoins were stolen from the stock exchange. About 306 thousand of them were later funneled to e-wallets associated with BTC-e. 

In May 2018, it became known that Vinnik appealed to law enforcement agencies with the confession that from 2011 to 2017 he caused damage worth 750 million rubles ($11.9 m) to an "unidentified group of Russian citizens." Then the Interior Ministry said that they did not initiate new criminal cases against him. 

Vinnik's lawyer said in June that his client's extradition had also been requested by France, whose citizens also suffered from the actions of BTC-e.

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