• 11 October 2017
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Greece agrees to extradite Alexander Vinnik to Russia

The Thessaloniki Council of Judges has granted the request of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office for the extradition of Alexander Vinnik, who had been arrested in Greece at the request of the United States, RIA Novosti reported.

The United States accuses the Russian citizen of laundering $4b through Bitcoins, while Russia accuses him of 667.000-ruble fraud.

On October 4, the Greek court agreed to extradite Vinnik to the United States. Ilias Spyrliadis, the lawyer of the accused, promised to appeal the verdict before a higher court.

Vinnik said he would rather be tried in his homeland. When asked why he did not want extradition to the United States, he replied: "It has nothing to do with me. I am a Russian citizen, so let the court of Russia deal [with it]".

The case against Vinnyk is filed with Areopagus, the Supreme Court of Greece. The Greek Minister of Justice will make the final decision on the country of extradition.

Vinnik’s detention in Greece was reported on July 26. The American side believes that the Russian citizen used BTC-e to commit cybercrimes. He pleads not guilty and claims he is but an "independent technical adviser".

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