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Greek Supreme Court Rules to Extradite Detained Russian Citizen to Russia

© 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) - The Greek Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday to extradite Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik to Russia at the second request issued by the Russian Prosecutor General's Office.

The court will issue a written decision on September 14. The same panel of the Supreme Court is now due to review France's request for Vinnik's extradition.

READ MORE: US Intelligence Continues to Seek Russian National Vinnik's Extradition — Source

Russian Alexander Vinnik (C) is escorted by police officers as he arrives at a courthouse in Thessaloniki on October 4, 2017. Alexander Vinnik, who headed BTC-e, an exchange he operated for the Bitcoin crypto-currency, was indicted by a US court in late July on 21 charges ranging from identity theft and facilitating drug trafficking to money laundering - Sputnik International
Greek Court Approves Russian Request for Extradition of Vinnik – Lawyer
Vinnik was detained in Greece on July 25, 2017, at the request of US authorities charging him with a number of offenses. The charges included laundering $4 billion through bitcoin cryptocurrency exchange BTC-E, which Vinnik allegedly headed, hacking Japanese exchange Mt.Gox, which led to its bankruptcy and facilitating drug trafficking.

Vinnik faces up to 55 years in prison in the United States if convicted, as the US authorities accused him of laundering from $4 billion to $9 billion through bitcoin cryptocurrency exchange BTC-E, which he allegedly headed, hacking Japanese exchange Mt.Gox, which led to its bankruptcy and facilitating drug trafficking.

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