Russian Bitcoin Laundering Suspect Alexander Vinnik to Be Extradited to France



Alexander Vinnik, also known as ”Mr. Bitcoin.” File photo by AMNA

Russian national Alexander Vinnik’s extradition to France can now proceed, following a ruling of Greece’s Council of State which was published on Thursday.

Vinnik, who was arrested in northern Greece in July of 2017, is currently sought by authorities in the United States, France and Russia, all of which have issued international arrest warrants for him over an e-currency platform he set up and is charged with using for money laundering purposes.

The country’s supreme administrative court rejected Vinnik’s request seeking the annulment of Justice Minister Constantinos Tsiaras’ decision to extradite him to France, then to the United States and finally to Russia. The Russian man is also frequently referred to as ”Mr. Bitcoin.”

The Plenary of the Council of State, presided over by judge Athanasios Rantos, considered that the Minister of Justice had wide discretion in ruling whether or not to order the extradition of the suspect.

The Council of State also ruled that the Minister had the authority to decide the order of the countries to which the suspect will be extradited.