Bitcoin Launderer Alexander Vinnik To Be Extradited To France
December 23, 2019
Alexander Vinnik, former operator of now-defunct crypto exchange BTC-e will be extradited to France.
On Dec. 20 Russian Embassy in Greece tweeted the news:
Years of Disagreement On What Jurisdiction Should Care About The Alleged Bitcoin Laundering Suspect
Years of disagreement on what jurisdiction should care about the alleged Bitcoin laundering suspect, the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights reportedly decided to finally extradite the Russian citizen to France.
The decision was delivered by the Minister for Justice Konstantinos Tsiaras.
However, the Russian embassy expressed their regret that the Greek government “ignored” Russia’s request to extradite Vinnik to the country of his citizenship.
Russia took multiple steps to bring Vinnik to its homeland since the alleged Bitcoin criminal was first arrested in Greece in July 2017. Alongside filing a number of requests with Greek judicial authorities, Russia also sought help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to bring the alleged criminal under its jurisdiction.
Russia wasn’t the sole country that had been fighting for Vinnik as the United States have been seeking his extradition as well.
Known as “Mr. Bitcoin,” 39-year old Vinnik is allegedly the mastermind behind an international money-laundering scheme that had processed over $4 billion worth of capital flows.
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