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   174

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.

Vinnik's US Extradition To Be Appealed To The ECHR

Timofey Musatov, defender of Russian Alexandr Vinnik hopes for a successful resolution of the case 
17 January 2018   177

Lawyers of Russian Alexander Vinnik within the next ten days will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights of the Greek court's decision on his extradition to the United States. This was stated by the lawyer of the defendant Timofey Musatov, and reported by RIA News.

Vinnik himself still did not admit his guilt and calls the case "an American provocation", lawyers say that there is no crime.

Earlier, one of the judges in Thessaloniki decided to extradite Vinnik to Russia, and another - to the United States. A month ago, the appeal of lawyers to these decisions was rejected by the Supreme Court of Greece. The final decision on this issue must be made by the Minister of Justice of Greece.

The documents were submitted to the Minister of Justice, at the moment he is considering them. Within ten days from today, a complaint will be filed with the European Court regarding the decision of the court of the city of Thessaloniki.

Timofey Musatov

Defender of Alexandr Vinnik

He said that the statement to the ECHR was prepared with the recommendations of experts of the highest level from the international legal community who believe that the chances for a successful resolution of the case are high.

Musatov also added that the defense received a decryption of the decisions of the Supreme Court.

It allows to say that the Greek court, including the Supreme Court, admitted that the accusations of the United States Attorney's Office were far-fetched, excessive, and this is actually abuse of the law by the United States.

Timofey Musatov

Defender of Alexandr Vinnik

According to him, the defense to date has taken all necessary measures to protect the rights of the client and the impossibility of his extradition to the United States.

38-year-old Russian 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.