Moskalkova to ask U.S. to withdraw extradition request for Russian national Vinnik
MOSCOW, April 18 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova, who is currently paying a visit to New York, would officially ask American authorities to withdraw a request for extradition of Alexander Vinnik jailed in Greece, the ombudsman’s press service told RAPSI on Thursday.
Earlier, Moskalkova applied to the Greek Justice Minister with a request to extradite Vinnik to Russia.
The U.S. authorities have charged Vinnik with $4-billion crypto currency fraud.
He was arrested in Greece, where he went on vacation, in July 2017. The U.S. authorities claim that the Russian national, acting as an operator of BTC-e digital currency trading platform and exchange, received $4 billion and did business in violation of anti-money laundering legislation. Vinnik pleaded not guilty.
Russia is also seeking extradition of Vinnik. He has been arrested in absentia and put on the international wanted list on cyber fraud charges. Russian prosecutors have repeatedly sent a request for his extradition to Greek authorities.