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Money laundering: Greece handed over a Russian IT specialist to the US

PublishedAugust 6, 2022, 02:23 am

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Russian Alexander Vinnik, convicted in France for money laundering, was handed over by Greece to American justice on Friday.

Russian Alexander Vinnik, here in 2017, is the subject of 21 charges, including identity theft, complicity in drug trafficking and money laundering.

AFP

Greece extradited to the United States a Russian computer and cryptocurrency expert convicted of money laundering in France hours after he was released from prison, his lawyer said Friday. According to his lawyer Zoya Konstantinopoulou, Alexander Vinnik “was put on a private jet bound for the United States,” preventing him from seeking asylum in Greece.

Alexander Vinnik, 43, was handed over to Greece by French authorities on Thursday afternoon, just weeks after he was finally sentenced in Paris to five years in prison for money laundering by the Court of Cassation, the highest instance. source close to the file.

21 accounts

Father of two children Alexander Vinnik spent two years in prison in France after being extradited from Greece. He was arrested in July 2017 in the Greek seaside resort of Halkidiki (north) and Greece decided to turn him over to France, while Russia and the US also requested his extradition.

Upon arriving in the United States on Friday, he was presented to a federal judge in San Francisco, the US Department of Justice said in a statement. He appears on 21 counts, including identity theft, complicity in drug trafficking and money laundering.

The prosecutor’s office accuses Oleksandr Vinnik “of running BTC-e, a criminal cryptocurrency exchange platform that laundered more than $4 billion in criminal proceeds.” The tool has “facilitated transactions for cybercriminals around the world” by “allowing its users to exchange bitcoins with a high level of anonymity,” the US judge said.

Russia “outraged”

In Russia, he is accused only of fraud in the amount of 9,500 euros. Russia is “outraged by the unfriendly actions of Greece, which, under pressure from the United States,” extradited Alexander Vinnik to “American punitive justice,” the Russian Foreign Ministry reacted in a press release in the evening.

“Despite the official request of the Russian embassy in Athens, neither the consular officer, nor his lawyer, nor a translator were allowed to see him,” the message says. “Russian diplomats will do everything possible to protect their legitimate rights and interests,” he said.

(AFP)

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