"Several days after taking an unfriendly decision to expel Russian diplomats and to deny entry to several Russian citizens, they have adopted a decision to extradite Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik to France", the ministry said in a statement issued Friday.
The court in Thessaloniki, 500 kilometers north of Athens, on July 13 ruled in favor of France's request to take custody of bitcoin fraud suspect Aleksandr Vinnik, 38, who was arrested in Greece past year on a US -issued warrant.
As part of an ongoing criminal case that has drawn worldwide attention, a Greek court has agreed today to extradite Russian cybercrime suspect and ex-Bitcoin BTC-e platform operator Alexander Vinnik to France.
The Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a comment July 13 in response to the events, accusing the Greek authorities of "continu [ing] to complicate relations with Russia". Winnick would remain under arrest in Greece.
Russian Federation and Greece were poised on Wednesday (11 July) to expel two of each other's diplomats in a rare dispute that Greek media said had been prompted by the issue of Macedonia, which expects this week to be formally invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.
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The final sample solution, the Minister of justice of Greece, having studied the extradition requests of France, USA and Russian Federation.
France is seeking Vinnik for alleged cybercrime, money laundering, membership in a criminal organization, and extortion.
With the case heating up, there has been pressure on the Greek court from both the United States and Russian Federation to extradite Vinnik to the respective countries.
Given the conflicting requests by three countries, the final decision of where he goes might be made by Greece's justice minister.
French authorities indicted Alexander Vinnik following an investigation that described him as the operator of BTC-e exchange, which was allegedly used to launder more than 130 million euros for people involved in crimes ranging from computer hacking to drug trafficking.