Alexander Vinnik, accused of laundering $4bn through BTC-e, calls FBI actions illegal

Alexander Vinnik, accused of laundering $4bn through BTC-e, calls FBI actions illegal
Photo from the personal archive of Alexander Vinnik Photo: RT

The Russian, who is considered as one of the owners of the Bitcoin Exchange (BTC-e), was detained by US intelligence services during his vacation in Greece.⁠

Alexander Vinnik, accused of $4 billion laundering by the US authorities, as well as the theft of the Japanese stock exchange Mt.Gox means, commented on his detention. He considers the actions of the American special services unlawful.

In the commentary to RT Vinnik said that he does not consider himself guilty, and he learned about the nature of the charges only a month after being detained from his Russian lawyer. He admitted that he worked at the BTC-e, however, he said, he performed technical functions there. The Russian stated that he had not committed any crimes. He expressed bewilderment at what right the US judges a citizen of another country. "If I am guilty of something, then my country should judge me," he added.

Alexander Vinnik refused to voluntarily extradite to the United States. At the moment he is in custody in a remand prison in the city of Thessaloniki in Greece. Earlier, as a source told the CrimeRussia, Vinnik kept silent, refusing to go to any cooperation with law enforcement agencies.

Recall that on July 26, Alexander Vinnik was detained in Greece, where he came to rest with his family. This detention was the result of a special operation conducted by the FBI. The US intelligence service charged the Russian citizen with laundering $4 billion with the help of the BTC-e, as well as the theft of the Japanese stock exchange Mt.Gox means in 2011-2013 in the amount of 850.000 BTC (about $500 million at the then exchange rate). According to the FBI, operations on illicit arms and drug trafficking were paid through the BTC-e.

American intelligence agencies demand extradition of the alleged hacker in the US. There he faces a term of not less than 20 years of imprisonment, as well as a fine of $12 million. A fine of $110 million is imposed on the stock exchange itself.

On July 28, the BTC-e domain was confiscated by six US law enforcement agencies, including the Secret Service of the US Treasury.

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