France asks to extradite Alexander Vinnik earlier arrested in Greece
Paris believes that French citizens suffered from the Russian’s actions.
France demands to extradite Alexander Vinnik, who was arrested at the request of the United States in Athens. The requirement has already been sent to Greece by a French prosecutor. According to the document, the Russian is accused of committing fraudulent actions, because of which the citizens of France suffered. This is reported by RBC with reference to Vinnik’s lawyer Timofey Musatov.
“The prosecutor demands his presence on the territory of France to establish his connection with a BTC exchange,” the lawyer explained, adding that the accusations in France are combined with the charge of money laundering and shortly repeat the US accusations.
The lawyer noted that his client refused voluntary extradition to France, so this issue will now be decided in court.
It is to be recalled that in late July 2017, Vinnik was detained by Greek law enforcement agencies on the beach on the peninsula of Chalkidiki. In the US, he is accused of multimillion-dollar fraud with crypto-exchange accounts of the BTC exchange, the total turnover of which ranged from $ 4 billion to $ 9 billion.
The Russian himself said that he did not feel safe in the Greek prison and pleaded guilty to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office. At home, “crypto king” is accused of fraud for 800 thousand rubles (~12.700 USD). Russia also sent a request for Vinnik’s extradition.
On June 8, the Russian MIA instituted another criminal case against Vinnik. The Ostankino District Court of Moscow decided on his arrest in absentia.