The US demands him to be handed over to their jurisdiction as he may hold vital information in connection with Russian interference in US elections
Last year, the alleged owner of cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e Alexander Vinnik was arrested in Greece over allegations his exchange has skipped the KYC process. Three countries: the US, Russia, and France, have submitted extradition requests to Greece. Just this week the Greek Supreme Court has approved Russian request for extradition.
France has charged Vinnik with defrauding its citizens in 2016 and 2018.
The US demands him to be handed over to their jurisdiction as he may hold vital information in connection with Russian interference in US elections. The BTC-e is supposed to have been used to launder $9 billion for illegal organizations, among which is Russia’s Fancy Bear. Fancy Bear, said to have links with Russian military intelligence agency, is a cyber surveillance group purported to be involved with hacking, stealing, and releasing emails of US Democratic Party members.
An investigation done by Robert Mueller has found a pattern of layering in cryptocurrency exchange transactions made by Russian intelligence officers. As a result, BTC-e may have the names, bank accounts, and emails of the intelligence officers involved.
Russia has succeeded to extradite Vinnik back into the country where he will be facing cybercrime charges that is said to have amounted to 750 million RUB (over 10 million USD).
The full statement(in Russian):