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   401

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 Confesses to Fraud Via BTC-e

Vinnik admitted that in the period from 2011 to 2017 as a result of his fraudulent actions, a group of Russian citizens suffered material damage
23 May 2018   79

Russian Alexander Vinnik, who was arrested in Greece on suspicion of laundering $ 4 billion through the BTC-e crypto exchange, confessed to Russian law enforcement agencies in fraudulent activities on the territory of the country, which caused damage of 750 million rubles. This was reported by Russian media Interfax with reference to an informed source.

The appearance with the guilt of Vinnik went to the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation and is now transferred to the police department in the Ostankino district of Moscow for a procedural decision.

As noted in the document, Vinnik admitted that in the period from 2011 to 2017 as a result of his fraudulent actions, namely through money laundering, an unspecified group of Russian citizens suffered material damage amounting to 750 million rubles. In addition, having access to the btc-e.com exchange, he committed fraud in the field of computer information in an especially large amount.

Vinnik's Greek lawyer Ilias Spirliadis explained that the turnout "with the guilt" can become the basis for Russia's new request for the extradition of its citizen to it. "

Earlier in May, Alexander Vinnik refused to deal with the US authorities, which offered him a minimum prison sentence in exchange for confession.