Vinnik's lawyer announced his possible extradition to the United States

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The French court ruled against the Russian Alexander Vinnik, as a result of which he can be extradited to Greece, and then to the US.

As lawyer Frederic Belomentioned, the court rejected the cassation petition with an appeal against the sentence of five years in prison: “As a consequence, Aleksandr Vinnik, who has already served his prison term, will be transferred to Greece and then to the United States, since Greece has already granted the request for extradition to the United States.”

The transfer was to take place on Thursday, June 30. However, the defense filed an urgent appeal to suspend Vinnik's expulsion from France, and also applied to the European Court of Human Rights.

Recall that in 2017, a Russian was imprisoned in Greece on suspicion of laundering $4 billion through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange. At the same time, US authorities confiscated the BTC-e domain.

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The court granted the request for the extradition of Vinnik at the request of three countries at once - the United States, Russia, and France.

In 2019, the Greek authorities decided to extradite him to France. He was extradited in January 2020. In December, the Russian was found guilty of money laundering through BTC-e and sentenced to five years in prison and a €100,000 fine.

In the event of his further extradition to the United States, Vinnik faces more than 50 years in prison.