Arrested in Greece Russians moved to Athens prison

© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnikova of judges in Thessaloniki decided to issue USA Russian Alexander winnick. Hivnae photoArrested in Greece Russians moved to Athens prison© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnik

Arrested in Greece at the request of the U.S. Russian Alexander winnick was transferred from Thessaloniki to prison in Athens, told RIA Novosti lawyer Timothy Musatov.

At the request of the United States Vinnik were arrested July 25 at the hotel on the Chalkidiki Peninsula in Northern Greece. 38-year-old Russian was accused that he with 2011 headed a criminal organization that owns and operates one of the main sites in the field of cybercrime in the world — the bitcoin exchange BTC-e. Among the charges, in particular, the legalization of proceeds from criminal activities through the exchange of cryptocurrencies. According to American investigators, since the establishment of the exchange Winnick was washed at least 4 billion dollars.

Arrested Russian has rejected all allegations of illegal financial activities and money laundering through electronic exchange, he also refused voluntary extradition to the US.

Earlier, the court in Thessaloniki has made two mutually exclusive decisions. One part of the Board of judges granted the request of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on the results winnik on charges of fraud amounting to 667 thousand rubles. The other members of the Board of judges upheld the U.S. request for extradition winnik on charges of laundering $ 4 billion through the exchange of cryptocurrencies. Lawyers appealed against the decision on extradition to the United States. Now the case will be considered by the Supreme court of Areopagus, and a final decision will be left to the Minister of justice of Greece.

«Winnick moved to Athens in connection with the upcoming consideration of the complaint in the Supreme court on 15 November. It is in the Korydallos prison,» said Musatov.

A lawyer from Russia visited the defendant.

«Prison leaves a depressing impression. Alexander contains a cell along with drug addicts and thieves. In prison complete lack of sanitation, there are no conditions for hygiene. I visited the prison together with the employee of the Consulate General. We asked the prison Director to ensure client decent conditions of detention. According to the Director of prisons, it is overcrowded and it is extremely hard to do. We are now preparing letters, trying to ensure that the rights of the defendant,» said Musatov.