Greece has extradited a Russian computer and cryptocurrency expert convicted of money laundering in France to the United States, a few hours after his release from prison, his lawyer announced on August 5.
Alexander Vinnik “was placed on a private plane bound for the United States” without being allowed to seek asylum in Greece, his lawyer, Zoe Konstantopoulou, said.
Aged 43, he had been handed over to Greece by French authorities the day before, just weeks after his final sentence in Paris to five years in prison for money laundering by the Court of Cassation, France’s highest judicial authority. , said in France a source close to the file.
Father of two children, Alexandre Vinnik spent two years in prison in France after being extradited by Greece after a diplomatic showdown. He was arrested in July 2017 in the Greek seaside resort of Halkidiki (north) and Greece decided to hand him over to France, while Russia and the United States also requested his extradition. Denouncing “torture” and “inhuman treatment”, his lawyers had at the time asked for his release for medical reasons, Alexander Vinnik having been very weakened by the hunger strike he had started in Greece to protest against his extradition. The Russian national is the subject of 21 charges in the United States, including identity theft, complicity in drug trafficking and money laundering.
In Russia, he is accused of fraud for an amount of 9,500 euros.