Will Vinnik Be Returned To Russia?
BTC-e’s Founder, Alexander Vinnik’s Wife, On His Death Bed: Will Vinnik Be Returned To Russia? Alexander Vinnik, the founder of the closed crypto money exchange BTC-e, applied for his extradition to Russia.
According to local media reports Kathimerini reported on March 21, the founder of the crypto money exchange BTC-e, Alexander Vinnik, wants his extradition to Russia. Vinnik, currently in custody in Greece, has been charged with laundering $ 4 billion in crypto-money over six years.
Alexander Vinnik filed an appeal for humanitarian reasons for his release to the Greek court or for extradition to Russia. Tatyana Moskalkova, the President of the Russian Human Rights Committee, had previously requested the Greek Minister of Justice and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to extradite Alexander Vinnik to Russia. Russia’s Human Rights Committee demand came after Alexander Vinnik’s health deteriorated due to hunger strike in November.
Tatyana Moskalkova, chair of the Human Rights Committee of Russia, stressed that Vinnik’s wife’s health problems become serious and come to the ass of death. Moskalkova noted:
Considering his family’s state of emergency, we will demand that Alexander Vinnik be returned to Russia.
Tatyana Moskalkova, the President of the Russian Human Rights Committee, also sought help from the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer and the Greek Minister of Health for the assistance of Alexander Vinnik following his hunger strike.
In addition to Russia, France wants Vinnik to be extradited on the grounds that he defrauded hundreds of people. According to French authorities, Alexander Vinnik swindled hundreds of people between 2016-2018.
In July 2017, the BTC-e stock exchange was scheduled for maintenance work. At that time, the United States demanded the arrest of Alexander Vinnik from Greece on the grounds that he had cleared $ 4.9 billion of the $ 9 billion in the crypto money exchange BTC-e.