The former operator of BTC-e to be Extradited to France


According to the decision of Greece, Alexander Vinnik, the former operator of now non-operational digital asset exchange BTC-e will be deported to France.

According to the Twitter post of the Russian Embassy in Greece, the Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights finally decided to deport the Bitcoin Laundering Suspect to France after several years of discrepancy on what jurisdiction should care about the matter.


The Russian Embassy emphasized that the decision was carried out by the Minister for Justice Konstantinos and expressed their regret over Greece government’s denial of their request to extradite Vinnik to the country’s citizenship.

Ever since the first arrest of the alleged Bitcoin criminal in Greece on July 17, Russia has been taking several steps to bring him back to his country. The Russian government sought help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights so it could bring the alleged criminal back to its homeland. The embassy also filed numerous requests with the judicial authorities of Greece.

Aside from Russia, the United States has also been fighting for Vinnik’s extradition. The 39-year old Bitcoin criminal is more commonly known as “Mr. Bitcoin” and is known as the alleged mastermind behind the international money-laundering scheme that processed capital laws amounting to over $4 billion.

Vinnik publicly claimed that he was innocent back in 2017. He even offered help to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a digital technology specialist. The bitcoin criminal appealed for his release or deportation to Russia back in March 2019 to a Greek court.

Vinnik’s extradition question is already circulating in media since 2017, but several new accusations have emerged recently. The US prosecutors filed a complaint against Vinnik in July 2019 and debated that BTC-e and the bitcoin criminal did not attempt to submit a registration to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.


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