Greek top court clears way for Vinnik U.S. extradition

The final decision on extradition request should be taken by the Minister of Justice of Greece
13 December 2017   277

The Top Court of Greece has decided to extradite Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik to the US, who is suspected of laundering $ 4 billion using crypto-currency, Reuters reports.

At the same time, the request for the extradition of Vinnik was previously sent by the Russian authorities. According to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, Vinnik, on the pretext of delivering equipment, stole money for more than 600 thousand rubles from an unnamed organization.

The final decision on which extradition request - Russia or the US - will be granted should be taken by the Minister of Justice of Greece.

Recall, Alexander Vinnik was detained by the police of Greece at the request of the US on July 25. He is charged with 21 items, including laundering shadow revenues of $ 4 billion and creating a bitcoin exchange BTC-e for illegal money transactions.

Representatives of BTC-e more than once refuted Vinnik's connection with the exchange, but the suspect himself later stated that he had "fulfilled his duties in the BTC-e".

In early October, the court in Thessaloniki adopted two mutually exclusive decisions. One composition of the council of judges granted the request of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation for the extradition of Vinnik, the other decided to extradite a Russian to the United States, where he faces up to 55 years in prison and a multimillion-dollar fine.

In addition, Vinnytsa is being stolen from the Bitcoin Exchange MtGox.

Vinnik Asked For Political Asylum in Greece

While the question of granting Vinnik political asylum is being considered, he can not be extradited
22 January 2018   159

Russian Alexander Vinnik, accused in the US of laundering several billion dollars, asked for political asylum in Greece. This was reported by his lawyer Ilias Spirliadis to Vesti. Ru

He noted that if his client is extradited to the American side, then they will be treated not according to European standards, but, possibly, he will be tortured. In addition, Vinnik is an expert in the field of the blockchain, and this information is of interest to the US authorities, which gives the case a political coloration, the lawyer added.

According to him, the statement was sent to the Minister of Justice of Greece, as well as to the Attorney General's Office of Athens and Thessaloniki. It will take time to review the document, so while Vinnik is not extradited anywhere. If a negative decision is taken, it can be appealed.

In addition, a complaint is being prepared to the European Court of Human Rights. Defence of the Russian believes that certain articles of the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms were violated against him, reports Interfax.

In July 2017, the Greek authorities detained a 38-year-old Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, who was accused of laundering $ 4 to $ 9 billion and manipulating the cryptocurrency. The request for its extradition was also sent by the Russian Prosecutor General's Office. At home, he is accused of major fraud. On October 4, the Greek court granted a request for the extradition of Vinnik USA. Later, the Supreme Court of Athens confirmed the legality of this decision.