In the North-East of Greece on the Chalkidiki Peninsula in the U.S. arrested and detained 38-the summer citizen of Russia suspected of fraud – the laundering of at least 4 billion dollars using bitcoins, told the Greek newspaper Lifo. Reuters has named a suspect – Alexander Vinnik.
Russians detained yesterday morning, July 25, during the holidays. When
the assistance of US law enforcement in his hotel room
seized computers and other equipment – tablets, mobile phones,
router, camera, credit card.
As reported by “Vesti FM”, official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the Agency followed its fate.
The place of detention was called Thessaloniki, but Reuters said that the Russians had a rest in a small village on the Aegean sea. He arrived in the country ten days ago with his wife and children. The state of California have traced where he went online with a mobile phone and contacted the Greek police. The warrant of arrest issued by the U.S. justice Department, who will seek his extradition.
RBC , citing a source in the Consulate General informs that the detainee was remanded in custody.
Alexander Vinnik is considered the head of the criminal group, which since 2011, owns and operates “one of the largest cybercrime Internet sites in the world.” On the website of the police, the Russians called the “brain” of this group, which would legalize revenues, converting them to bitcoins.
In day of detention winnik fell by the bitcoin exchange BTC-E
Two sources close to the exchange told Reuters that a Russian citizen was associated with one of the oldest bitcoin exchanges BTC-E and was a “key figure”.
According to Rusbase, with the arrest winnik in Network tied off exchange BTC-E, which became unavailable at about 14:00 GMT on 25 July. In Twitter exchanges reported on the technical work in the data center and apologize for the inconvenience that remain relevant to this day.
On the Internet at the same time began to spread rumors that the exchange had allegedly stolen more than 169 million dollars or more.
BTC-E was created in 2011. The founders of the stock exchange are considered to be two
Russian programmer under the names Aleksey and Alexander, who previously
supposedly working in Technopark “SKOLKOVO”.