Russian Ambassador to Greece Andrey Maslov visited Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, who is currently in an Athens hospital due to his deteriorating health.
According to the Russian Embassy, the diplomats decided to support a Russian citizen suspected of money laundering through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange. On the page of the Russian diplomatic Department in the social network Facebook it says:
“Russian Ambassador to Greece Andrey Maslov visited Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, who was detained in Greece in the summer of 2017 at the request of the United States, and is still in custody. Due to poor health, Vinnik remains in one of the Athens hospitals for many months.”
Vinnik went on a hunger strike in connection with the discriminatory behavior of the Greek authorities. According to diplomats, Greece should extradite Vinnik to Russia, since he is a citizen of this country. However, the Greek Ministry of justice recently signed an order to extradite the suspect to France.
Later it turned out that the French police were not even going to take Alexander Vinnik, so they planned to extradite him to the United States. But after the announcement of the hunger strike, Vinnik’s health deteriorated and the extradition had to be postponed.