Bitcoin scammer Alexander Vinnik will be tried in France first

According to Agence France-Presse, French authorities have ordered the trial of Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national and the founder of crypto exchange BTC-e, on charges including extortion, money laundering, and involvement in criminal activities. After the French trial is over, he will return to Greece where he was arrested, and be extradited from Greece to the United States for trial. The Russian authorities also indicated that they will investigate Alexander Vinnik’s criminal activities. The chain heard that Alexander Vinnik was accused of laundering approximately US$4 billion via BTC-e within six years and was arrested by the Greek police in July 2017. He was first prosecuted by the United States in July 2017. In July 2018, the Greek court ruled to extradite him to France. Alexander Vinnik is in a “Tripartite Extradition War” between the United States, France and Russia.