The 39-year previous Russian nationwide Vinnik, additionally recognized colloquially as “Mr. Bitcoin,” was indicted by U.S. authorities on costs of fraud and cash laundering final 12 months, reportedly involving as much as $four billion in Bitcoin (BTC).
Vinnik’s Greek lawyer Ilias Spyrliadis confirmed to Russian information company TASS that “the courtroom has granted France’s request for Vinnik’s extradition.” Spyrliadis additionally revealed that he’s planning to enchantment towards the courtroom’s choice within the Greek Supreme Courtroom.
In response to CNN Greece, Vinnik himself challenged the choice of the Greek courtroom on extradition to France, denying the allegations of French authorities, who issued a warrant, during which the alleged BTC-e proprietor was accused of “defraud[ing] over 100 folks in six French cities between 2016 and 2018.” Vinnik responded that he was "transferring e-money by a platform," contemplating it as "professional private transactions.”
Vinnik’s lawyer Spyrliadis assured Russian BBC that the newest extradition to France would result in an extra extradition to the U.S., as a result of “in any other case the U.S. can’t get him, because the extradition course of was blocked.”
The Russia’s Ministry of International Affairs issued a comment July 13 in response to the occasions, accusing the Greek authorities of “continu[ing] to complicate relations with Russia.” The Ministry of International Affairs claims that Russia’s request to extradite Vinnik ought to have been given precedence over France’s, concluding “[i]t is clear that Russia can’t go away these actions unanswered.”
On July 25, 2017, Vinnik was arrested by Greek police below the order of of the U.S. Ministry of Justice, following the closure of as soon as main cryptocurrency change BTC-e, allegedly owned and administered by Vinnik.
Having publicly stated his innocence in September 2017, Vinnik additionally denied his involvement within the Mt. Gox hack again in 2011 after a bunch of Bitcoin safety specialists claimed that Vinnik had a direct relationship to the incident.