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   1197

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 Extradtion to France to be Supported by SCoG

Alexander is holding the hunger strike for 24 days and lost around 9 kilos
19 December 2018   828

Following the trial court of the city of Thessaloniki, the Greek Areopagus decided to extradite Alexander Vinnik, suspected of laundering $ 4 billion through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange, to France. Thus, the appeal of Russian lawyers was rejected, reports TASS referring to the chairman of the court Angelique Aliferopoul.

After the announcement of the verdict, Alexander Vinnik declared that he would continue the hunger strike against the arbitrary rule of the Greek authorities, which began in mid-November.

I have been starving for 24 days. Yesterday I was weighed; according to the documents, I lost 8 kg. But they did not immediately begin to weigh me, only on the third day. So I lost 9 kg. If I'll be extradited to Moscow, I will stop starving.

Alexander Vinnik


Alexander Vinnik was detained in Greece at the request of the American authorities on July 25, 2017. In June 2018, Vinnik was arrested in absentia in Russia on charges of cyber fraud on a large scale.

At the moment, there have been several court decisions on the extradition of Vinnik - at the request of the United States, at the request of France and two decisions at the request of Russia. The final decision on the case will take the Minister of Justice of Greece.