Economy | Greece hands over to the United States a Russian convicted of money laundering in France

By La Provence (with AFP)

Greece has extradited a Russian computer and cryptocurrency expert convicted of money laundering in France to the United States, hours after his release from prison, his lawyer announced on Friday. Alexander Vinnik”was placed on a private plane bound for the United States“without being allowed to apply for asylum in Greece,” said his lawyer, Zoe Konstantopoulou.

Mr. Vinnik, 43, had been handed over to Greece by French authorities on Thursday afternoon, just weeks after his final sentence in Paris to five years in prison for money laundering by the Court of Cassation, higher French judicial authority, said a source close to the case in France.

Father of two children, Alexander Vinnik spent two years in prison in France after being extradited by Greece. 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. 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, on the other hand, he is accused only of fraud for an amount of 9,500 euros. Russia is “outraged by the unfriendly actions of Greece which, under pressure from the United States” extradited Alexander Vinnik to “American punitive justiceβ€œ, reacted in the evening the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

Despite an official request from the Russian Embassy in Athens, no consular employee, nor his lawyer and interpreter were allowed to see him“, denounces the press release. “Russian diplomats will do everything possible to defend its legitimate rights and interestsβ€œ, he underlines.

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