Upcoming Virtual Event: Cloud Security Summit | July 17 - Register Now
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

SecurityWeekSecurityWeek

Cybercrime

Greece to Extradite Russian Bitcoin Suspect to France

Greece’s justice ministry has decided to extradite to France Russian Alexander Vinnik, who allegedly headed the bitcoin exchange BTC-e, on suspicion of money laundering, a ministry source said Friday.

Greece’s justice ministry has decided to extradite to France Russian Alexander Vinnik, who allegedly headed the bitcoin exchange BTC-e, on suspicion of money laundering, a ministry source said Friday.

No other details were forthcoming on when Vinnik would be sent to France.

Vinnik, 40, had gone on hunger strike last year to prevent his extradition, and is prepared to resume his protest, his lawyer Zoe Constantopoulou said.

The French warrant says Vinnik defrauded more than 100 people in six French cities between 2016 and 2018.

Also sought by the US and Russia, Vinnik has been in Greek custody since his arrest in July 2017 in the tourist resort of Halkidiki.

Separate Greek court decisions had previously approved the extradition requests of all three countries.

The final decision was up to the justice ministry.

In a series of tweets, the Russian embassy in Athens said it was “saddened” that its request for its own extradition request to have priority was “ignored.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Vinnik wanted to be extradited to Russia, where he is wanted on lesser fraud charges.

His wife and two children live there, and his lawyers claim that his life would be in danger if he were extradited to France or the US.

But Greek justice minister Costas Tsiaras had on Thursday signed an order satisfying France’s request first, followed by those of the US and Russia, the ministry source said Friday.

BTC-e, founded in 2011, became one of the world’s largest and most widely used digital currency exchanges.

According to the US indictment, BTC-e is also suspected of having played a role in online extortion and other cyber-crimes.

Vinnik denies the charges.

Written By

AFP 2023

Click to comment

Trending

Daily Briefing Newsletter

Subscribe to the SecurityWeek Email Briefing to stay informed on the latest threats, trends, and technology, along with insightful columns from industry experts.

Learn how to utilize tools, controls, and design models needed to properly secure cloud environments.

Register

Event: ICS Cybersecurity Conference

The leading industrial cybersecurity conference for Operations, Control Systems and IT/OT Security professionals to connect on SCADA, DCS PLC and field controller cybersecurity.

Register

People on the Move

Craig Boundy has left Experian to join McAfee as President and CEO.

Forcepoint has promoted Ryan Windham from Chief Customer and Strategy Officer to Chief Executive Officer.

ICS and OT cybersecurity solutions provider TXOne Networks appointed Stephen Driggers as its new CRO.

More People On The Move

Expert Insights