Former BTC-e operator, Alexander Vinnik, appeals for extradition to Russia

22 Mar, 2019
by David Borman
Former BTC-e operator, Alexander Vinnik, appeals for extradition to Russia

It has been reported by Cointelegraph that Alexander Vinnik, former operator of defunct BTC-e crypto exchange, has appealed to a Greek court for his extradition to Russia.

Vinnik, who stands accused of money laundering through Bitcoin to the tune of $4 billion, has appealed to the Piraeus court for extradition to Russia on account of humanitarian reasons. Vinnik is a Russian national and his wife has apparently been in bad health as of late. Vinnik himself also is suffering from health issues following a hunger strike.

Russia’s Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova has previously asked both the United Nations High Commissioner for Human and the Greek Justice Minister to help get Vinnik to his homeland, citing the same issues:

"Given the extraordinary humanitarian situation, I would ask for help extraditing him [Vinnik] to Russia so that he could be closer to his family."

It is unclear at this time if Vinnik will be awarded extradition. Stay right here with Chepicap for all updates on this unfolding drama!

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