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Greece: 'Vinnik's case has a political character' -  Bitcoin suspect's lawyer01:08

Greece: 'Vinnik's case has a political character' - Bitcoin suspect's lawyer

Greece, Thessaloniki
July 23, 2018 at 12:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Timofey Musatov, the lawyer of Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, said that the case has "a political character," speaking outside the Council of Appeals in Thessaloniki on Monday, which is expected to hear an extradition request by Russia.

"The decision will influence future political relations between Greece, Russia, France, and the US," added Musatov.

Monday's hearing comes after the court already approved the extradition requests by France and the United States.

Vinnik, a former Bitcoin platform operator, is accused by French authorities of cybercrime and money laundering totaling €130 million ($152 million). More than 100 French citizens were victims of the alleged cyberattacks between 2016 and 2018.

Vinnik has been held in jail since his arrest last July in the northern Greek tourist resort of Halkidiki. He denies the accusations. He wants to be extradited to Russia to stand trial there.

Greece: 'Vinnik's case has a political character' -  Bitcoin suspect's lawyer01:08
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Timofey Musatov, the lawyer of Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, said that the case has "a political character," speaking outside the Council of Appeals in Thessaloniki on Monday, which is expected to hear an extradition request by Russia.

"The decision will influence future political relations between Greece, Russia, France, and the US," added Musatov.

Monday's hearing comes after the court already approved the extradition requests by France and the United States.

Vinnik, a former Bitcoin platform operator, is accused by French authorities of cybercrime and money laundering totaling €130 million ($152 million). More than 100 French citizens were victims of the alleged cyberattacks between 2016 and 2018.

Vinnik has been held in jail since his arrest last July in the northern Greek tourist resort of Halkidiki. He denies the accusations. He wants to be extradited to Russia to stand trial there.