Greece Violates Treaty With Russia by Extraditing Vinnik to US - Civic Chamber

Greece Violates Treaty With Russia by Extraditing Vinnik to US - Civic Chamber

Vinnik was arrested while on vacation in Greece on July 25, and detained pending the extradition hearing, after a request from U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of California. The US authorities accuse Vinnik of laundering $4 billion through the BTC-e website he had created, as well as of hacking Mt.Gox, the Japanese bitcoin exchange.

A panel of three judges today granted the United States extradition request, which clears the way for Vinnik to be flown to America to face charges that could see him imprisoned for 55 years.

A Greek court has approved the United States extradition of a Russian national accused of running a $4bn Bitcoin laundering ring on the now-defunct BTC-e exchange.

Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office requested Vinnik's extradition to Russian Federation.

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Michael WuenschThe panel of three judges ruled 37-year-old Vinnik's extradition to the USA amidst another extradition request from Russian Federation on separate charges. USA authorities also accuse him of laundering funds obtained from the 2014 collapse of the Japan-based exchange Mt. Gox. Instead, Vinnik claims he was simply a technical consultant and BTC-e was one of his clients. While Vinnik denies those charges too, he consents to being returned to Russian Federation.

"We have taken immediate action and appealed the ruling and the case will be examined by the criminal division of the Supreme Court", Vinnik's lawyer Alexandros Lykourezos said.

Alexander Vinnik, a 38 year old Russian man (C) suspected of running a money laundering operation using bitcoin, is escorted by a police officer to a court in Thessaloniki, Greece, October 4, 2017.

"Exchanges like this are not only illegal, but they are a breeding ground for stolen identity refund fraud schemes and other types of tax fraud".