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   743

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.

WEX to be Called for Singapore Court

Thai citizen, ex BTC-e trader Pimporn Karti, filed a claim for $2,600,000 to WEX 
12 July 2018   1189

In accordance with the order issued by the High Court of Singapore with respect to World Exchange Services (WEX), the defendant is obligated to pay Pimporn Karti, a Thai citizen, $ 2,619,912.08 plus additional SGD 2,000 or appear on 12 July to protect its interests in the trial. Otherwise, the court can make a decision not in favor of the defendant without further notice, the document says. This is reported by Coin Radio.

WEX is the legal successor to the infamous BTC-e exchange - once the largest Russian crypto exchange. BTC-e ceased to exist after the arrest in July 2017 Alexander Vinnik. At the same time, the FBI arrested the exchange server in the data center in New Jersey.

According to the statement of claim, which is attached to the court summons sent to WEX, on September 19, 2017, the crypto-exchange on its official website notified that it received from the BTC-e digital user profiles in full. At the same time, access to the client's assets was lost.

The plaintiff since 2012 was the trader of the BTC-e site, where he had three accounts with four crypto-currencies: bitcoin, ether, lightcoin and Namecoin. As of July 3, 2017, one of the accounts held 10 572.36 LTC coins. The plaintiff does not remember the balances of the other two accounts, because since July 25, access to the BTC-e platform was impossible.

On September 20, WEX returned access to the system. Upon entering the account, the plaintiff discovered that the structure of the balances on his accounts changed, some funds were lost.

Then the husband of Pimporn Carti contacted the WEX support service and asked to return the balances to the previous state. He was told that all claims of customers for reimbursement are considered by a third party - the company FXOpen, which provides trading services in the forex market. On October 2, 2017, FXOpen informed the plaintiff by e-mail that it had no means of BTC-e in its system and recommended to contact the representatives of this site again.

However, the defendant did not comply with the request and did not provide a report on how the balances of the plaintiff's accounts were reduced.

At the moment, Pimporn Carti, a Thai citizen, has the following requirements for WEX:

  • return the balances according to the following structure: 139,81467001 BTC, 11,645.36 LTC, 715.21047164 Name coins, 49.61 ETH;
  • as an alternative: to pay monetary compensation in the amount of 3 512 306.53 Singapore dollars, which is equivalent to $ 2 619 912.08. The amount is calculated in accordance with the WEX crypto exchange rate as of May 25, 2018;
  • as an alternative: provide all the necessary data on the balances of all plaintiff accounts opened in BTC-e and transferred to WEX.