Moscow slammed a Greek courts ruling for Russian national accused of helping criminals

Vastavam web:  Moscow today slammed a Greek court’s ruling that a Russian national accused of helping criminals launder billions of dollars using Bitcoin should be extradited to the United States.Alexander Vinnik, who headed BTC-e, an exchange he operated for the cyber currency, was indicted by a US court in July on 21 charges ranging from identity theft and facilitating drug trafficking to money laundering.”Greek authorities received a request from the Russian attorney general that Vinnik be extradited to Russia” which “should have priority, as Vinnik is a Russian citizen,” the ministry said.
“Such a ruling is all the more surprising considering the context of friendly relations between Russia and Greece…we hope the relevant Greek authorities will take into account the request of the Russian attorney general (at appeal).” The Russian has been languishing in a Greek jail since his arrest on July 25 in the tourist resort of Halkidiki, near Thessaloniki.According to US authorities, Vinnik “stole identities, facilitated drug trafficking, and helped to launder criminal proceeds from syndicates around the world”.