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Russian Vinnik disappeared after being extradited from France to Greece

Russian Alexander Vinnik disappeared after being extradited to Greece. This was announced on Thursday, August 4, by his Greek lawyer Zoe Konstantopoulou in an interview with RIA Novosti.

According to her, it resembles a violent kidnapping.

Constantopoulou noted that she has been at the Athens airport police station since 16:30.

“Responsible police officers tried for two and a half hours to prevent me from going to the office, using force. I ended up going through another entrance. They said they didn’t know where Alexander Vinnik was, that he had never passed through here, that they didn’t know his name, they didn’t know where he was,” the lawyer said.

The lawyer was indignant at the fact that law enforcement officers do not provide any information, and responsible high-ranking officials are hiding.

Earlier in the day, Russian lawyer Frederic Belo said Vinnik had been taken from France to Greece.

Also on Thursday, the investigative chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal ruled on Vinnik’s extradition process to the United States. According to the defense, the Russian will then be extradited to the United States. Most likely, he will be sent to San Francisco, since the court of this city originally issued an arrest warrant, the lawyer added.

On July 29, the United States fully, and not partially, withdrew the request to extradite Vinnik to the United States. In France, Vinnik was serving a five-year prison term. He was accused of money laundering.

However, a month earlier, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) banned the extradition of Vinnik from France. The decision concerned the Greek request.

Alexander Vinnik was detained while on vacation in Greece in July 2017 at the request of the United States. He was accused of laundering between $4 billion and $9 billion through the now-defunct BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange, as well as distributing malware to extort funds. In the US, he faces 55 years in prison.

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