Vinnik will be extradited to the US

Russian citizen faces 55 years of imprisonment and a multimillion fine
04 October 2017   1620

The Council of Judges in Thessaloniki granted the US request for the extradition of a Russian Alexander Vinnik, suspected of laundering a large amount in crypto-currencies through the BTC-e exchange. This is reported by RIA News.

In the US, Alexander faces up to 55 years in prison, as well as a multimillion-dollar fine.

During the day defense of the Russian intends to protest this decision in the supreme court of Greece - Areopagus.

The decision will be appealed and will not come into force, simultaneously the consideration of the Russian extradition request will begin, and the so-called procedure for the requests competition will begin. The corresponding decision obviously has a political character - whose request for Greece is more weighty.

Timofey Musatov
Defender of Alexander Vinnik

According to lawyers, Areopagus can review the case in 15-20 days.

Alexander Vinnik himself did not admit his guilt during the meeting, although he stated that he worked for BTC-e as an independent technical expert.

I have nothing to do with the BTC-E website. I am neither the owner, nor the manager, nor the accountant. I am an independent technical expert and this is one of my clients.

Alexander Vinnik

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

Earlier, the Greek court postponed the decision to extradite a Russian "in connection with a large amount of materials." At the same time, the defense experts of Vinnik called the statements of the prosecution "far-fetched", and in Vinnik agreed to extradition to Russia. 

Vinnik is associated with the theft of funds from the Japanese stock exchange MtGox.

Meanwhile, in Russia, against Alexander Vinnik, a criminal case was also instituted on charges of fraud in a particularly large amount. On August 11, the Ostankino District Court elected the Russian citizen a preventive measure in the form of detention in absentia. On August 18, the General Prosecutor's Office of Russia sent a request to the Ministry of Justice of Greece for the extradition of Vinnik of the Russian Federation for its criminal prosecution. 

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   962

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.