Former BTC-e Exchange CEO Finds Trouble with France, Russia and Underwent a Fake Interrogation?


Former CEO of a cryptocurrency exchange, BTC-e, Alexander Vinnik has been accused and supposedly arrested by French investigators in what seemed like a falsified cross-examination. Vinnik’s lawyer, Timofey Musatov conveyed the event with news platform, Izvestiya on Thursday, August 30.

As per Musatov’s side of the story, Vinnik was notified of the charges he will be facing during an illegal interrogation that took place Tuesday, August 28, which involved the French. The specs of the case have since been shared with the Russian Embassy in Athens, Greece to see what is going on.

Musatov demands attention in what took place, as he feels his client was ripped of his freedom of rights. He also noted that the way in which the “interrogation” took place was illegal due to the fact that only Greek law officials can intervene in such activities on Greece territory. Therefore, he questions where the French’s intervention is coming from given that they do not have the “proper permits”.

Arrest is not something new to Vinnik, as he was previously detained in July 2017 by Greek police for having scammed close to $4 billion Bitcoin over a period of six years. The push for such an arrest apparently came from the U.S Department of Justice. So, on what basis did the French intervene? Musatov has yet to explain what Vinnik has done this time.

According to a post shared by Cointelegraph, Vinnik was also charged for fraud in France. In particular, he stole personal data of citizens within a two-year time span, namely between 2016 and 2018. During the same time, which supposedly took place just last month, the Greece court granted that Vinnik be deported to France, however his lawyers appealed against it.

A date has been set for Russia and France to present their hearings in terms of how Vinnik’s arrest and deportation will take place. That is, on September 4th, Greece will have the final say. In commenting to the different requests made by the countries involved, Musatov says this is the first time he’s seen three countries taking turns to see who will be the one to arrest one person under consideration.

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