World Extradition of Russian to US on Bitcoin charges 'unjust': Moscow

17:31  06 october  2017
17:31  06 october  2017 Source:   AFP

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About AP Contact Us Get AP Mobile Help. The Greek court will announce Wednesday about the extradition of the Russian cybercrime suspect Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a billion bitcoin fraud case.

Moscow wants Alexander Vinnik to be handed over to Russia instead of the US © Provided by AFP Moscow wants Alexander Vinnik to be handed over to Russia instead of the US

Moscow on Friday slammed a Greek court's ruling that a Russian national accused of helping criminals launder billions of dollars using Bitcoin should be extradited to the United States.

Alexander Vinnik, who headed BTC-e, an exchange he operated for the cyber currency, was indicted by a US court in July on 21 charges ranging from identity theft and facilitating drug trafficking to money laundering.

Vinnik said he would appeal the extradition decision of the Thessaloniki court on Wednesday.

"We consider that the verdict is unjust and violates the norms of international law," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Russia has requested the extradition of a Russian cybercrime suspect who was arrested in Greece at the request of the United States , his Vinnik is wanted in Russia on fraud charges totaling ,000, AFP quoted a judicial official as saying on condition of anonymity. Back to top. Follow Us . Quick Hits.

Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a billion bitcoin fraud case, denied the charges against him Friday during an appearance in a Greek court to fight an extradition request. Court: Russian hacker can be extradited to US or Russia (Update).

"Greek authorities received a request from the Russian attorney general that Vinnik be extradited to Russia" which "should have priority, as Vinnik is a Russian citizen," the ministry said.

"Such a ruling is all the more surprising considering the context of friendly relations between Russia and Greece...we hope the relevant Greek authorities will take into account the request of the Russian attorney general (at appeal)."

The final decision on whether to extradite Vinnik will be made by the Greek justice minister.

The Russian has been languishing in a Greek jail since his arrest on July 25 in the tourist resort of Halkidiki, near Thessaloniki.

According to US authorities, Vinnik "stole identities, facilitated drug trafficking, and helped to launder criminal proceeds from syndicates around the world".

BTC-e, founded in 2011, became one of the world's largest and most widely used digital currency exchanges, but according to the US indictment, it was "heavily reliant on criminals".

Russian cybercrime suspect in Greek court for second extradition request .
A Russian wanted by the United States for allegedly laundering billions of dollars in bitcoin appeared in a Greek court on Wednesday for a hearing to consider his extradition to Moscow on different charges. Judges ruled last week that Alexander Vinnik, the suspected mastermind of a $4 billion bitcoin laundering ring, should be extradited to the United States, a decision he is appealing at Greece's supreme court.Russia says the ruling was unjust and violated international law. It wants its submission to take priority because Vinnik is a Russian citizen.

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