US loses extradition battle with Russia for Bitcoin kingpin

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The Supreme Court in Greece has ruled today that the owner of a shady Bitcoin exchange platform through which ransomware operators laundered cyber-crime money will be extradited to Russia, instead of the US or France, countries which also requested the hacker’s extradition.

The suspect at the center of this tug-of-war is Alexander Vinnik, also known under the nickname of “Mr. Bitcoin,” and the owner of the cryptocurrency exchange.

US authorities shut down BTC-e in July 2017. Vinnik was arrested the same month by Greek police while vacationing in a seaside resort in the country’s northern Halkidiki region.

Also: Kelihos botnet operator jailed for account theft, ID trading in the Dark Web

The US requested Vinnik’s extradition on a case


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