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    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

    Greek Supreme Court Rules to Extradite Detained Russian Citizen to Russia

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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

    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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