Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, the former operator of the now-defunct crypto-exchange service BTC-e, appeals to the Greek court to seek his release or extradition to Russia, according to the local media service Kathimerini on 21 March.

Alexander Vinnik, accused of cheating and washing up to $ 4 billion in Bitcoin (BTC) within six years, has reportedly appealed to the Piraeus court for his release or extradition to Russia on humanitarian grounds.

Earlier, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatjana Moskalkova had asked both United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Greek Minister of Justice Michalis Kalogirou to assist Vinnik in extradition to Russia. The petition was filed in connection with the worsening of Vinnik’s health after a hunger strike he started last November.

At that time, Moskalkova emphasized that Vinnik’s wife was seriously ill and about to die. The commissioner then said:

“Given the extraordinary humanitarian situation, I would ask for help by handing him (Vinnik) to Russia…

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