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Moscow warns against extradition of Russian nationals to US

Moscow warns against extradition of Russian nationals to US

His lawyers said they plan to appeal today's decision at Greece's Supreme Court, arguing that it was based on "insufficient indications, let alone evidence".

Vinnik, who managed BTC-e, an exchange he operated for the Bitcoin crypto-currency, was indicted by a USA court in late July on 21 charges ranging from identity theft and facilitating drug trafficking, to money laundering.

Earlier in the day, a Greek court in Thessaloniki ruled to satisfy a U.S. request for the extradition of Vinnik on charges of money laundering.

Russia comes out against the extradition of Russian nationals to foreign states, including the US, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov told journalists on Wednesday in comments on the decision to extradite Russians Vinnik and Levashov to the US.

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A panel of three judges today granted the USA extradition request, which clears the way for Vinnik to be flown to America to face charges that could see him imprisoned for 55 years. Vinnik, suspected of laundering $4 billion worth of bitcoin, was arrested while vacationing in northern Greece in July 2017.

BTC-e, meanwhile, was hit with a $110 million fine by FinCEN but has recently relaunched under new management as WEX.

"Through his actions, it is alleged that he stole identities, facilitated drug trafficking, and helped to launder criminal proceeds from syndicates around the world". In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission warned investors in July of the risk of being exposed to fraud when using cryptocurrency for crowdfunding. Instead, Vinnik claims he was simply a technical consultant and BTC-e was one of his clients. His lawyers have already appealed the court ruling.