02:05 GMT18 January 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Washington is demanding that Russian national Alexander Vinnik, who is accused of allegedly committing crimes of unlawful cyber monetary transactions and money laundering, pay over $100 million in penalties, a court document showed.

    Vinnik faces $88.6 million and $12 million, plus interest and costs, of civil penalties. The charges were brought on behalf of the US Department of the Treasury and filed on July 25.

    Vinnik was detained in Greece in July 2017 at the request of US authorities on various charges, including laundering $4 billion through bitcoin cryptocurrency exchange BTC-E, allegedly headed by Vinnik. The Russian national has denied the accusations. Russia, where he is wanted for separate fraud charges, and France also seek his extradition.

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