Russia seeks extradition from Greece of suspect wanted by US

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) – A lawyer in Greece for Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a US$4 billion bitcoin fraud case, says Russia wants to extradite him as well.

Vinnik was arrested in northern Greece in July and detained pending an extradition hearing later this month following a request from US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California.

Vinnik’s lawyer, Xanthippe Moyssidou, told The Associated Press that Vinnik was also wanted in Russia on separate fraud charges. She said he has told Greek authorities at a closed hearing yesterday at the office of a public prosecutor that he would not challenge the request to extradite Vinnik to Russia.

In Greece, extradition disputes involving two or more countries are typically resolved by the justice minister.

“My client has been notified that Russia has made an extradition request. He declared that he was willing to return to his country,” Moyssidou said.

A Russian man identified as Alexander Vinnik, centre, is escorted by police officers to the courthouse at the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. – AP