US Intelligence Continues to Seek Russian National Vinnik's Extradition - Source

© AP Photo / Giannis PapanikosA Russian man identified as Alexander Vinnik, center, is escorted by police officers to the courthouse at the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
A Russian man identified as Alexander Vinnik, center, is escorted by police officers to the courthouse at the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 - Sputnik International
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ATHENS (Sputnik) - US intelligence services have not abandoned attempts to have Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national held in a Greek jail at Washington's request, extradited to the United States, a source told Sputnik.

"The US intelligence services are seeking his extradition and trying to offer him a deal — a short prison sentence and cooperation in exchange for Vinnik pleading guilty. Vinnik is strongly against this plan," the source said.

Alexander Vinnik, a 38 year old Russian man suspected of running a money laundering operation using bitcoin, is escorted by police officers while leaving a court in Thessaloniki, Greece, October 4, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Vinnik was detained in Greece after the United States accused him of laundering between $4 billion and $9 billion on a bitcoin trading platform.

In October, two different judge panels in Thessaloniki adopted two mutually exclusive decisions of the same judicial force, one on the extradition of Vinnik to Russia and the other on his extradition to the United States. In December, the Supreme Court of Greece upheld the decision to extradite the Russian citizen to the United States. The final decision lies with the Greek justice minister.

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