Decision on extradition of Russian man to the U.S. expected on Wednesday

A decision on whether to extradite to the United States a Russian national accused of using a bitcoin platform for money laundering will be delivered by the Thessaloniki court of appeals on Wednesday, October 4, at 9:30 a.m.

The chief prosecutor asked that the 38-year-old Russian be extradited to the United States, where he will stand trial on charges of money laundering as much as 4 billion euros.

“There are enough indications” that the man “accepted illegal revenues from multiple incidents of hacking into computers (…) and many cyber criminals used the platform to launder money,” said judge Evangelos Bakelas. Addressing himself to the judges, he said “there is no reason for the court to block the extradition.”

Meanwhile, the court has received another request for extradition of the same man, this time from Russia. According to Russian media, it concerns transactions between companies totalling 10,000 euros.

The decision for this rests with a judges council.

The man, a computer programmer, has requested that he be extradited to Russia.
If the courts agree to the extraditions, these must be approved by the minister of justice.