Alleged Russian boss of Bitcoin ‘money-laundering scheme’ wants to go home

Tech 22-3-2019 The Next Web 19

Alexander Vinnik, the alleged operator of troubled cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e (who is wanted in several countries for his potential involvement in a Bitcoin fraud case) has lodged an appeal for extradition to his native Russia. Vinnik, who has reportedly been on hunger strike for three months, was arrested in July 2017 at the behest of the US Justice Department, accused of laundering billions of dollars with Bitcoin. He was on a family holiday in Greece at the time. The extradition request has been made based on “humanitarian reasons.” Vinnik’s lawyers claim his life is at risk – he was reportedly…

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