According to the Russian news agency Tass, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, Tatyana Moskalkova, has written to the Greek Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights requesting that Alexander Vinnik is extradited to Russia. Vinnik is is the former owner of crypto exchange BTC-e and is in custody in Greece, at the request of the United States, on charges of money laundering and fraud.
The letter reportedly reads: “I appeal to you, Mr. Minister, with a request to extradite Alexander Vinnik, a citizen of the Russian Federation, against whom a criminal case was opened in the Russian Federation, in a difficult marital status and state of health, to the Russian Federation for further investigation of his case”.
Vinnik Is On “Verge Of Death”
Moskalkova visited with Vinnik in a Greek hospital last week and asked him to end his hunger strike. He started it in November last year in protest against the prison conditions in which he was being held and violations to his right to a fair trial. His lawyers said at the time that he had been “stripped of the right for defence in France, and consequently in Greece”. His lawyers also said that it had “become clear that the French-issued European arrest warrant expired”.
Moskalkova told Russian Media that Vinnik requires professional medical care quickly, or she fears he could die. The fact that there are no doctors in the clinic where he is incarcerated who could help him out of this condition without serious harm to his health. Vinnik has apparently lost about 30 percent of his weight and is essentially “on the verge of death”.
Moskalkova has also sent letters to the President of the International committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, the Greek Ombudsman, Andreas Pottakis and the head of the Greek Ministry of Health, Andreas Xantos, asking for medical assistance for Vinnik as he comes out of his hunger strike.
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