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Russia in tussle with US for extradition from Greece of 'cyber fraud' suspect

Russia has requested the extradition from Greece of suspected cybercriminal Alexander Vinnik who is wanted by investigators in the United States, his lawyer said.

Vinnik was arrested in northern Greece in July and detained pending an extradition hearing later this month following a request from the US Attorney's Office.

He is wanted in the US over an alleged four billion US dollar bitcoin fraud case.

Vinnik's lawyer, Xanthippe Moyssidou, said Vinnik was also wanted in Russia on separate fraud charges.

She said he has told Greek authorities at a closed hearing on Tuesday that he would not challenge the request to extradite him to Russia.

In Greece, extradition disputes involving two or more countries are typically resolved by the justice minister.

"My client has been notified that Russia has made an extradition request.

"He declared that he was willing to return to his country," the lawyer said.

Vinnik, 37, was arrested on July 25.

According to US authorities, Vinnik ran digital currency exchange BTC-e, and was allegedly involved in laundering money from criminal proceeds.

He denies any wrongdoing.

The US extradition request is scheduled to be heard on September 29.

AP

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