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$4 Billion Cryptocurrency Fraud Suspect Alexander Vinnik Files Appeal for Extradition to Russia

Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national suspected of orchestrating a $4 billion bitcoin fraud has lodged an appeal with a Greek court for his extradition to Russia, this according to Greek media outlet Kathimerini, March 21, 2019. Humanitarian Reasons Vinnik is the former operator of the defunct Russian cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e. The exchange is said toRead MoreRead More. The post by Aisshwarya Tiwari appeared first on BTCManager, Bitcoin, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency News
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Bitcoin [BTC] fraud main suspect Alexander Vinnik files request for extradition to Russia

The cryptocurrency market has witnessed many people taking advantage of its unsupervised and decentralized nature, with many falling prey to frauds and large scale financial manipulation. One of the main examples of a cryptocurrency proponent caught in the mix was Alexander Vinnik, the founder and CEO of the now-defunct BTC-e, a Bitcoin exchange that was accused of money laundering worth $4 billion. According to latest reports, Vinnik, who has been detained in a Greek jail for the last 19 months, has requested for extradition to his homeland, Russia. The 39-year-old Russian nation is suspected of Bitcoin fraud and is wanted by three countries on various criminal charges. On Thursday, he lodged an appeal with a Piraeus court for his “release or extradition to Russia for humanitarian reasons”. Alexander Vinnik has been on a hunger strike for the past 3 months; a decision that has taken a toll on his health. Many in the cryptoverse have attacked the decisions taken by the Greek court to keep Vinnik locked up for 19 months, when the maximum term for any pre-trial detention is 18 months. The founder was arrested in Greece way back in July 2017. Since then, countries such as the US, Russia and France have requested his extradition. His lawyer claimed that even though many people used BTC-e for nefarious purposes, Vinnik was completely innocent. The lawyer recently said: “Vinnik is not supposed to be in jail right now. Many businessmen used the exchange to sidestep legal authorities and many of the charges on him were not illegal at the time of Vinnik’s arrest.” Excluding Vinnik’s latest request, the Greek courts have approved requests from Russia, France and the US, with the onus now upon Justice Minister Michalis Kalogirou to determine Vinnik’s fate. When Vinnik was arrested, he had a total of 21 criminal charges leveled against him. US prosecutor Brian Stretch had said: “Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin provide people around the world new and innovative ways of engaging in legitimate commerce. As this case demonstrates, however, just as new computer technologies continue to change the way we engage each other and experience the world, so too will criminals subvert these new technologies to serve their own nefarious purposes.” The post Bitcoin [BTC] fraud main suspect Alexander Vinnik files request for extradition to Russia appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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Alleged BTC-e Bitcoin Fraudster Alexander Vinnik Seeks Extradition to Russia

One of the operators of BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange and leading suspect in multi-billion money laundering scandal, Alexander Vinnik, is seeking to be extradited to Russia from Greece rather than to the United States or France. According to Greek publication Kathimerini, Vinnik filed an appeal with a court in the port city of Piraeus seeking to be released or extradited to his home country. The Russian national who has been on a hunger strike for three months cited humanitarian reasons in his plea. Per his lawyers Vinnik’s life is endangered. Besides claiming that the charges he is facing are unfounded, his The post Alleged BTC-e Bitcoin Fraudster Alexander Vinnik Seeks Extradition to Russia appeared first on CCN
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Alleged Bitcoin Fraudster Alexander Vinnik Appeals for Extradition to Russia

Alleged Bitcoin Fraudster Alexander Vinnik Appeals for Extradition to Russia Former operator of now-shuttered crypto exchange BTC-e, Russian national Alexander Vinnik, has appealed with a Greek court for his release or extradition to Russia, local media outlet Kathimerini reported on March 21. Vinnik — who is accused of fraud and laundering as much as $4 […] Cet article Alleged Bitcoin Fraudster Alexander Vinnik Appeals for Extradition to Russia est apparu en premier sur Bitcoin Central.
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Bitcoin [BTC] Futures in good stead against its Spot equivalent: Bitwise Report

Bitcoin [BTC] Futures were thought to be a snippet of the overarching cryptocurrency market, though meager in comparison to the larger spot market. A recent report from Bitwise Asset Management, the crypto-centric investment firm has stated otherwise. In a March 20 report presented to the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC], Bitwise analyzed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange [CME], and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, with ten prominent cryptocurrency exchanges’ in terms of their trade volume. Prior to shedding light on their Futures versus Spot findings, it must be noted that the report revealed that 95 percent of the trading volume of unregulated exchanges were seemingly “fake and/or non-economic wash trading”. Taking into account this disparity, the percentage of futures volume to their spot equivalent increases from 1.51 percent to 33.33 percent. Reported Spot volume totaled $6 billion, but after removing the “suspicious exchanges”, the actual volume recorded dropped to $273 million, in comparison to the futures market volume of $91 million. Furthermore, the increase in futures’ volume as a percentage of the spot market has been steadily increasing. From November 2018 to January 2019, the futures market was just over 15 percent, and almost doubled in February 2019 to 33 percent. Since the Futures contracts were approved in December 2017, only on two occasions did the Futures volume, in comparison to the Spot market, shoot above 20 percent; this was in May and August 2018. Futures Volume expressed as a percentage of their Spot Equivalent In terms of their stand-alone trade volume, the CME and the CBOE are in good stead against the world’s top cryptocurrency exchanges. The daily volume the CME, which brings in $84.82 million, ranks second behind Binance’s $110.5 million and ahead of Bitfinex, which records $38.06 million in daily trade volume. The CBOE also fairs well, taking the ninth spot on the ladder, ringing in $6.12 million in daily trade volume. Gemini takes the eight spot with $8.11 million and itBit caps off the top-10 with $5.58 million in daily volume. Notable, among the top-12, eight exchanges are registered within the United States. Despite the CBOE’s comparative success against the spot exchanges’, it has not been performing well against its cross-town rival, the CME. This slump forced the CBOE to delist their Bitcoin Futures [XBT] for March 2019. However, the XBT futures that are yet to expire later in the year will not be off-loaded prematurely. Bitwise also points out that the CME Futures Price tracks the Global Spot Price based on an arbitrage model. Given below is a chart attesting the same: Arbitrage between the CME Futures price and the global Spot price The post Bitcoin [BTC] Futures in good stead against its Spot equivalent: Bitwise Report appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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How Cryptocurrency Trading Volume Fiasco Can Lead to Bitcoin ETF Approval

The SEC has held the ETF approval for Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency for a couple of reasons. The most significant reason for the same has been the unregulated marketplace. While decentralization in Bitcoin is an attribute that makes it an ideal asset class, the market places or Exchanges that provide for conversion of FIAT to Cryptocurrency is still controlled by independent entities. A recent report by Bitwise Asset Management published by the SEC inferred that more than 95% of the cryptocurrency volume is being faked. Hence, according to that, the ‘actual spot volume’ on cryptocurrency exchanges is a little above $270 million. Moreover, the reported volume of CME and Cboe Bitcoin Futures is more than one-third of the ‘actual spot volume’ estimated by Bitwise. According to Bitwise Asset Management, This is good news because it means CME— a regulated, surveilled market— is of material size, which important for an ETF. The case of a Bitcoin ETF Approval Now CME Bitcoin Futures reported a spot trading volume of $85 million. Moreover, according to Bitwise Asset Management, the actual trading volume of the Crypto-to-FIAT Exchanges is around $273 million. Hence, according to this statistic the Futures Trading Volume of CME alone accounted for 31.1% of the ‘Actual Exchange Volume.’ Moreover, there are other Bitcoin Futures market active in Europe and Japan as well. Hence, going by the above statistic, it can be said that the institutional investment might be in parity with the unregulated investment in Bitcoin. However, the Exchanges have reported total spot volumes total to the tune of $6 billion. This can necessarily raise doubts on its demand being higher than $100 billion. However, it does not directly affect the total market capitalization of a cryptocurrency.   Parity Between Spot Trading of Bitcoin and Gold The spot trading volume of Gold is 0.55% of its total market capitalization, while according to Bitwise statistics spot ‘actual spot trading on Bitcoin is 0.39%. If the CME Futures volume is included in this data, the percentage will increase to 0.51%. The OTC trading volume on most exchanges is also not added in the Exchange Data. All this suggest that the institutional investment in Bitcoin is considerably more significant than one expects. It is not only healthy in volume but also agrees statistically with the closest relatable asset class, i.e., Gold. Hence, a new form of informational mechanics for the trading of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency in regulated Exchanges could alleviate the doubts around the Bitcoin ETF approval.   The post How Cryptocurrency Trading Volume Fiasco Can Lead to Bitcoin ETF Approval appeared first on Coingape.
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Top 5 Crypto Performers Overview: ONT, ADA, ETC, BCH, IOTA

Top 5 Crypto Performers Overview: ONT, ADA, ETC, BCH, IOTA The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. […] Cet article Top 5 Crypto Performers Overview: ONT, ADA, ETC, BCH, IOTA est apparu en premier sur Bitcoin Central.
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