Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Asks Greek Justice Minister For Alexander Vinnik’s Extradition
Recently, the Russian human right minister Tatyana Moskalkova sent a letter to Greek Justice Minister Michalis Kalogirou for the extradition of the former operator of BTC-e Alexander Vinnik. Vinnik is known as Mr. Bitcoin and was detained in Greece back on July 25, 2017.
He has been accused of helping criminals to launder $4 billion in Bitcoin (BTC) using the BTC-e exchange. Both Russia and France have requested the extradition of this individual to their respective countries. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has previously accused Greek authorities of complicating relations with Russia due to Vinnik’s case. He has been in a Greek prison since then.
Greece's Supreme Court ruled in 2017 to apprehend Alexander Vinnik to the United States but reviewed its judgment and directed 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.
Just last week, Moskalkova visited Vinnik in a Greek hospital where she convinced him to stop the hunger strike which was started last November.
“I appeal to you, Mr. Minister, with a request to extradite Alexander Vinnik, a citizen of the Russian Federation, against whom a criminal case was opened in the Russian Federation, in a difficult marital status and state of health, to the Russian Federation for further investigation of his case”, – says the letter Moskalkova.
Additionally, Moskalkova sent letters to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, the head of the Greek Ministry of Health, Andreas Xantos, and the Greek Ombudsman, Andreas Pottakis, to present Vinnik with medical assistance after the hunger strike.
“I ask you to allow Russian or other independent doctors (the International Committee of the Red Cross) to Alexander Vinnik to provide him with the necessary qualified medical care that will help save a person's life,” the letter says to the Greek Minister of Health.