- The Russian Embassy in Paris had sent a letter to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, protesting the extradition of Russian citizens from Greece.
- Winnick was present in France since January 23rd, and he was sent to France from Greece.
- Winnick has violated US law by performing cryptocurrency exchange without permission from US authorities.
Alexei Mishkov, Russian Ambassador to Paris, said in an interview with the satellite news agency that the Russian Embassy in Paris had sent a letter to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, protesting the extradition of Russian citizens from Greece.
Winnick was present in France since January 23rd, and he was sent to France from Greece. Mishkov says,
“A protest note has been sent to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, demanding respect for the rights of Russian citizens, ensuring that employees of the consular department of the Embassy can visit him freely, allowing representatives of the Embassy to attend court hearings and expediting the review of the Russian Attorney General Request, extradition gave his nationality and consent to extradition to Russia.”
He further mentions that in the case of Winnick, the judge did not let the head of the consular section of the Embassy to participate in the hearing. The reason cited by the judge was that the investigation is confidential.
Winnick, who is a Russian expert on Blockchain technology, was in Greece when he was arrested back in 2017. Winnick was arrested made at the request of the US. He was on vacation in Greece with his wife and kids when the arrest was made.
According to the US, Winnick has violated US law by performing cryptocurrency exchange without permission from US authorities. He is a suspect in a case money laundering and will 55 years in prison.
France has stated that Winnick has been hacking the accounts of numerous people and extorting money from the victims. The report mentions that over the years, Winnick has hacked over 5000 people’s emails and extorted 21000 Bitcoins from the victims.
The amount is equivalent to 130 million Euros. France also believes that a gang is involved in this crime, of which Winnick is an important member.
Winnick claims that he has not broken any laws, whether they are French or the US. He says that he was not involved in any criminal activity and is ready to face a trial in his motherland, Russia.