BTC-e founder case: Russia and the US both have claims against Vinnik
The Americans accuse Alexander Vinnik of laundering $4 billion, while the Russian authorities also have claims for 600 thousand rubles ($10.350) against him.
It became known that the Ostankino Court of Moscow arrested detained in Greece Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik in absentia. This was reported by Interfax.
In our country he is accused of Swindling in a large scale (part 3 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). He allegedly concluded a contract with a commercial firm for the supply of equipment, but after receiving a prepayment of 600 thousand rubles ($10.350) disappeared.
The US has more serious charges against him - Vinnik allegedly headed a large criminal group of cyber-fraudsters. Since 2011, at least $4 billion has been laundered through the BTC-e site created by him.
As reported by Kommersant, according to the materials of the US Prosecutor's Office, he is guilty of the hacking of the Japanese crypto exchange Mt. Gox, which subsequently led to its bankruptcy. Stolen 300 thousand bitcoins (according to Vedomosti, the exchange lost 850 thousand bitcoins, which at the rate of 2014 was about 500 million dollars) were withdrawn through BTC-e to various accounts controlled by Vinnik in the banks of Latvia and Cyprus.
July 25 this year, Vinnik was arrested in Greece, where he was on vacation with his family, on the US request.
After that, on August 10, 2017, the Russian authorities charged Vinnik in absentia and declared him wanted. A week later the Prosecutor General's Office appealed to the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights of Greece with a request for the extradition of a Russian.
During the same period, the local Prosecutor's Office, placing the hacker under arrest for a maximum of two months, considered an extradition request to the United States. However, after the expiration of this period on September 25, Vinnik is still in Greece. The Council of Judges in Thessaloniki plans to consider the US authorities' request on September 29. At the same time last week Vinnik was arrested for 40 days to consider the issue of his extradition to Russia. Let us add that, according to international law, Russia has the priority right to return its citizen.
The Russian himself denies all US accusations in his address and choosing between the United States, where he faces up to 55 years in prison and a fine of $12 million and Russia, where punishment upon his charge does not exceed 6 years, chooses his homeland.