Moscow warns against extradition of Russian nationals to US

Moscow warns against extradition of Russian nationals to US

Moscow warns against extradition of Russian nationals to US

However, as reported by the New York Post, a three-judge panel ruled that the USA request to extradite Vinnik should be granted.

A Greek tribunal has given the go-ahead for the extradition of Russian cybercrime suspect Aleksandr Vinnik to the United States, where he is wanted in a $4 billion bitcoin-fraud case.

Vinnik allegedly operated the digital currency exchange BTC-e, connected to the laundering of more than US$ 4 billion for individuals involved in criminal activity.

Neither Mr. Levashov nor Mr. Vinnik is charged in connection with Russia's alleged election meddling, though the former has insisted he'll be tortured to death if extradited to the authorities interested in details about his former employee, Mr. Putin's United Russia party.

Michael WuenschThe panel of three judges ruled 37-year-old Vinnik's extradition to the USA amidst another extradition request from Russian Federation on separate charges.

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Vinnik, 38, was detained in Greece on July 25 at the request of USA authorities charging him with a number of offenses.

While Vinnik denies all charges laid against him by both countries, he has consented to Moscow's extradition request, but challenged U.S. efforts to have him transferred to America. Along with his direct denial of the charges, he claimed he was just a technician uninvolved in the operations of BTC-e, and the laptop confiscated during his arrest merely housed cartoons for his children.

Mr. Levashov is expected to appeal the ruling, Reuters reported, and Mr. Vinnik's attorneys have already filed a formal challenge with Greek's highest court, the AP report said. A three-member panel of judges in Thessaloniki, Greece, similarly decided Wednesday that Mr. Vinnik may be extradited as well, according to The Associated Press.

"Exchanges like this are not only illegal, but they are a breeding ground for stolen identity refund fraud schemes and other types of tax fraud".

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