Russian citizen who owned cryptocurrency exchange detained in Italy
The suspect was put on the international wanted list in Kazakhstan.
Friends of Russian citizen Dmitry Vasilyev, who was put on the international wanted list in Kazakhstan, reported about his detention in Italy, Russian Service BBC writes. The Italian police did not disclose the reason for the detention. It may be associated with the Wex cryptocurrency exchange, which was owned by Vasilyev’s Singapore company.
Wex was launched in 2017 as a restart of the BTC-e exchange, the activities of which were suspended after the arrest of Alexander Vinnik in Greece. He was called the owner of the exchange, while the Russian himself claimed that he was a technical specialist. The USA considers that BTC-e has laundered more than $ 4 billion.
Vasilyev appeared in court in Vinnik’s case as a cryptocurrency expert. In Tolyatti, the police conducted a check in respect of Vasilyev on the application of one of the Wex traders. According to the complaint of one of the investors, a criminal case was initiated against the entrepreneur in Kazakhstan.
In August, the exchange suspended its activities due to bankruptcy. In total, investors will lose $ 400 billion. Vasilyev is charged with the withdrawal of the half of the named amount.