Greek court rules for the extradition of Russian to US over bitcoin fraud

The Thessaloniki court of appeal ruled on Wednesday to extradite a Russian cybercrime suspect to the United States, where he is wanted in a 4 billion dollar bitcoin fraud case.

The Russian was arrested while on vacation in northern Greece last July.

The US prosecution authorities accused the 38-year-old Russian of managing the BTC-e platform, through which he laundered gains from criminal activities. Accorrding to the file, the activities included the use of ransomware and tax evasion through bitcoin platforms.

The defendant denied the charges, and asked not to be extradited to the United States, where he is accused of money laundering, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering activities.

The council of appeal judges also decided to hand over to the US authorities the computers, tablets and mobile phones that were confiscated during the man’s arrest.

The 38-year-old has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court.