Bitcoin exchange BTC-E said on Monday that Russian national detained in Greece last week had never been engaged in its activities as employee or director of the service, responding to allegations of US law enforcement.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Early last week, the Greek police arrested a 38-year-old Russian national Alexander Vinnik in the northern Greek region of Khalkidhiki on a US warrant. The accusations against him consists of 21 points, including laundering $4 billion through BTC-E bitcoin exchange he allegedly headed, cyberfraud, theft of personal data, the hacking of the Japanese exchange Mt.Gox, which provoked its bankruptcy, and participation in drug trafficking. If Vinnik is extradited to the US, he faces up to 55 years in prison.
"[We] officially declare — Alexander was never the head or the employee of our service," BTC-E bitcoin exchange said in a statement on bitcointalk.org forum.
According to BTC-E, one of the oldest virtual currency platforms, the FBI staff on Tuesday came to the data center where its server equipment was located and seized all servers. On July 28, the company's domain was confiscated. The company said it would try to restore the service before September, otherwise it starts returning money to its customers in early September.
Bitcoin is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies based on blockchain technology, with data distributed on multiple computers and no central server. Each block of data in a blockchain contains a timestamp, which makes it able to track transactions.
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
does not correspond with the subject of the post;
promotes hatred and discrimination on racial, ethnic, sexual, religious or social basis or violates the rights of minorities;
violates the rights of minors, causing them harm in any form, including moral damage;
contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities;
contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or specific organizations, denigrates dignity or undermines business reputations;
contains insults or messages expressing disrespect to Sputnik;
violates privacy, distributes personal data of third parties without their consent or violates privacy of correspondence;
describes or references scenes of violence, cruelty to animals;
contains information about methods of suicide, incites to commit suicide;
pursues commercial objectives, contains improper advertising, unlawful political advertisement or links to other online resources containing such information;
promotes products or services of third parties without proper authorization;
contains offensive language or profanity and its derivatives, as well as hints of the use of lexical items falling within this definition;
contains spam, advertises spamming, mass mailing services and promotes get-rich-quick schemes;
promotes the use of narcotic / psychotropic substances, provides information on their production and use;
contains links to viruses and malicious software;
is part of an organized action involving large volumes of comments with identical or similar content ("flash mob");
“floods” the discussion thread with a large number of incoherent or irrelevant messages;
violates etiquette, exhibiting any form of aggressive, humiliating or abusive behavior ("trolling");
doesn’t follow standard rules of the English language, for example, is typed fully or mostly in capital letters or isn’t broken down into sentences.
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.