Alexander Vinnik, a Russian suspected of carrying out a money laundering operation using bitcoins, accompanied by police, leaves the court in Thessaloniki, Greece. October 11, 2017. Russian Vinnik was taken from Greece to the USA, where he faces 50 years in prison
Russian Alexander Vinnik was transported from Greece to the USA, where he faces up to 50 years in prison. This is reported by RIA "Novosti" referring to his family.
Yesterday, a plane with a Russian flew from Paris to Athens for further extradition to the United States. From Greece, Vinnik was flown to Boston in a private jet and then flown on a company jet to San Francisco. From Boston, he was given a call home. “Everything happened and was framed as a kidnapping,” Vinnik's family told RIA Novosti.
On the eve of the Paris court approved the US decision to withdraw the request for the extradition of Vinnik and end the case against him in France. At the same time, the lawyer of the Russian explained that, in fact, Vinnik would not be released, since he would have to be immediately taken into custody to be transferred to Greece. After arriving in Athens, Vinnik disappeared, his lawyers said.
On July 28, the Russian again asked for political asylum in Greece.
subsequent exchange for Americans convicted in Russia.
Alexander Vinnik is a former bitcoin trading platform operator. In July 2017, he was arrested in Greece at the request of the United States. The American authorities accused the Russian of laundering and fraud with cryptocurrency.
In 2020, he was extradited to France, where he was sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering. French justice accused him of hacking the emails of several thousand users and extorting money from them.
Alexander Vinnik had previously stated that he was ready to stand trial only in Russia and cooperate with the investigation. He confessed to the Russian authorities in hacker attacks and money laundering.