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A connection was established between the Russian and the BTC Russian exchange in Greece
It became known the name of the Russian, detained the day before in Greece on suspicion of laundering $ 4 billion with bitcoins. It turned out to be 38-year-old Alexander Vinnik. According to local media, the detainee is associated with the cryptocurrency exchange of BTC.
According to the Daily Thess publication, Vinnik was resting in one of the most expensive hotels in the Halkidiki region, without even suspecting that he has been closely followed by the FBI and the Greek police.
On July 25, as FTX CEO will donate a result of a special operation, Alexander Vinnik was arrested, and today it was delivered in handcuffs to the prosecutor’s office of the city of Salonika, where the procedure for its extraction in the United States was launched.
According to American law enforcement agencies, Vinnik has been one of the leading members of the criminal organization, which since 2011 through the BTC-E cryptocurrency exchange has beenhed more than $ 4 billion. It is noteworthy that Alexander Vinnik was tracked through the account in the WebMoney payment system.
The documents of the Ministry of Justice of the United States, directed by the Greek authorities, also states that the criminal organization was related to part of the funds disappeared after bankruptcy of the Bitcoin-Birzhi MT. Gox. As a result of the alleged hacking mt. GOX in 2014 stole about 850,000 BTC, and according to law enforcement agencies, 306 853 BTCs were transferred to wallets associated with BTC-E.
The BTC-E exchange itself is called one of the world’s largest electronic platforms for laundering money received by criminal. According to the US Ministry of Justice, the funds received as a result of cyber attacks and extortions, drug trafficking and tax evasion were laundered on BTC-E.
According to BITS.Media, the portal managed to get information that Alexander Vinnik is one of the owners and administrators of BTC-E. This information was shared by the QUGLA service administrator.Com.
“He is one of the owners [BTC-E], perhaps admin. The second admin probably has access to the exchange. Now negotiations are underway with the SEC and the US Department of Justice “, – gives the publication his words.
Recall, at the same time as the arrest of Vinnik, the BTC-E Exchange itself went offline, calling “technical work” on the site as the reason. At the moment, the exchange is still inaccessible.