- A Russian cybercrime is about to be extradited to the United States. The Supreme Court in Greece, where he is stuck, has decided on Wednesday that he can be put on the plane. The Greek Minister of Justice must now make the decision.
The cyber criminal is Alexander Vinnik. He would have used his bitcoin exchange BTC-e to wash billions of white for hackers, drug dealers and other criminals. Vinnik would have played a role in a huge digital roof of Mt. Gox, once the most important bitcoin exchange in the world. Mt. Gox turned out to have lost approximately 850,000 bitcoins in 2014. That money was then worth 450 million dollars, about 400 million euros. At the current rate, that would even be worth more than 12 billion euros.
Vinnik could get up to 55 years in prison in the US. He tried to prevent extradition, but that was in vain. Russia has also asked for its extradition for a much smaller case. He does not resist that.
Vinnik (38) was arrested in July when he was on holiday with his wife and children in northern Greece.
The United States has several requests to get Russian cyber criminals extradited. Spain gave the green light for the extradition of Peter Levashov. In the Czech Republic, both Russia and the US have requested extradition from Yevgeny Nikoelin. Several judges have so far decided that they must be extradited to the United States, but there is not yet an irrevocable decision.
Previously, Roman Seleznev was arrested in the Maldives and transferred to the US.