Alexander Vinnik’s Ongoing BTC-e Exchange Battle Continues with Russia and United Nations Requests
Russia’s Human Right Commissioner Asks The UN Extradite Alexander Vinnik From Greece To Russia
Alexander Vinnik saga continues and this time the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, Tatyana Moskalkova, asked the UN High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, to facilitate the extradition of Russian Alexander Vinnik from Greece to Russia.
Winnick was detained in Greece on July 25, 2017, at the request of the United States, where he was accused of money laundering from four to nine billion dollars through the now-non-existent crypto exchange. In 2017, the Supreme Court of Greece decided to extradite Winnick to the United States, and in 2018, he first decided to extradite him to Russia at the request of the Russian prosecutor’s office, and then to France on a European arrest warrant issued by Paris.
From November 26, 2018, Winnick was on a hunger strike in prison calling himself a political prisoner and demanding that the Greek authorities allow him to return to his homeland. On February 28, 2019, the lawyers of Vinnik learned that the Greek authorities had transferred the Russian from the prison cell to a specialized clinic, where they would try to provide him with qualified medical assistance in order to get out of the hunger strike.
Tatyana Moskalkova and Michelle Bachelet had spoken earlier this month when Vinnik was in a critical condition.
The ombudswoman said:
“Given the extraordinary humanitarian situation, I would ask for help extraditing him [Vinnik] to Russia so that he could be closer to his family.”
Moskalkova has notably made a lot of effort to get Vinnik back to his homeland. She has sent letters to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, the Greek Health Minister Andreas Xanthos, and the Greek Ombudsman, Andreas Pottakis to help with the situation.