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Greek court extradites Russian bitcoin fraud suspect to United States

05 October 2017, 12:54 | Rodolfo Quinn

Greek Court Backs Extradition of Alleged Bitcoin Exchange Operator to US Oct 4 2017 at 10:30 UTC by Rachel Rose O'Leary

Greek Court Backs Extradition of Alleged Bitcoin Exchange Operator to US                          Oct 4 2017 at 10:30 UTC by Rachel Rose O'Leary

Since his arrest, the Kremlin has requested that he be sent back to Moscow, as it has with a number of other alleged Russian hackers wanted by the USA who have been arrested in different countries around the world this year.

USA authorities accuse Vinnik of running a multibillion-dollar digital-money-laundering network and of involvement in laundering money from criminal proceeds, charges he denies.

Michael WuenschThe panel of three judges ruled 37-year-old Vinnik's extradition to the us amidst another extradition request from Russian Federation on separate charges.

Vinnik, who rejected charges, said he had right to appeal by taking decision to Supreme Court of Greece.

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BTC-e, meanwhile, was hit with a $110 million fine by FinCEN but has recently relaunched under new management as WEX.

A Thessaloniki court on Wednesday approved a request by USA authorities for the extradition of a Russian man suspected of using a bitcoin exchange to launder billions of dollars but the suspect appealed to the Supreme Court. In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission warned investors in July of the risk of being exposed to fraud when using cryptocurrency for crowdfunding.

Vinnik claims he only worked as a technical consultant for the owners of BTC-e, and was not its operator.

On Wednesday, Vinnik told judges, "I have nothing to do with what I am accused of", The Washington Post reported. "If a Greek court rules that a Russian national is guilty, the issue must be solved between Russia and Greece", Ordzhonikidze said, adding that the United States exerts political pressure on the Greek authorities, including the judiciary, as well as on the authorities of all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states.

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