Greece to extradite Russian hacker and BTC-e founder Alexander Vinnik to the United States
Alexander Vinnik is suspected of money laundering and fraud with crypto currency.
The Supreme Court of Greece has decided to uphold the decision on extradition of Russian Alexander Vinnik to the United States, where he will be judged for multi-million dollar fraud with crypto currency and money laundering.
Alexander Vinnik was detained in Greece at the request of the US special services on July 26, 2017. The Russian has been accused of laundering of at least $4 billion since 2011 through the BTC-e site created by him, as well as the hacking of the Japanese exchange Mt. Gox. In the case of extradition in the US, the hacker faces up to 55 years in prison and a fine of $15 million.
Russia requires Vinnik to be extradited to his homeland. Here he faces less severe punishment. In Russia, Vinnik was accused of fraud on an especially large scale (part 3 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code). According to the investigation, Vinnik concluded a contract with one of the commercial firms to supply of equipment and disappeared after receiving 600 thousand rubles ($10.200) in advance.
The decision to extradite the Russian citizen to the US was taken by a court in Thessaloniki in October. Later, the council of judges of the Greek city also approved the request of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office for the extradition of Alexander Vinnik. In this regard, the case was referred to the Supreme Court to bring a final verdict.
The founder and president of the Izhevsk football club Gazovik-Gazprom, known today as Zenit-Izhevsk, and the oldest professional football player in Russia has been detained for 48 hours, until the lawyers provide documents confirming that the accused cannot be kept in a pre-trial detention center on medical grounds.