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Greek court sides with Russia in BTC-e Vinnik’s extradition case

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Russia has snagged the first win in the legal battle to bring Alexander Vinnik, the man accused of laundering more than $4 billion through the BTC-e digital currency exchange he allegedly operated, back home.

 

On Wednesday, Russian news outlet Ria.ru reported that the Council of Judges in Thessaloniki has upheld the request to extradite Vinnik to Russia, where he will face fraud charges amounting to 667,000 rubles (US$11,500).

The Greek court previously ordered Vinnik to be extradited to the United States, where he has been indicted on charges of operating an unlicensed money service business, 17 counts of money laundering and related money crimes. Vinnik, who was arrested in a beachside village in northern Greece last July, was also suspected of facilitating hacking, fraud, identity theft, tax refund fraud, public corruption and drug trafficking activities during his time in the digital currency market, according to investigators.

Compared to Russia’s modest fines, U.S. federal authorities want Vinnik to cough up $12 million in fines, while BTC-e has been slapped with a $110 million bill for failing to meet the country’s anti-money laundering requirements.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called the Greek court’s decision a violation of the international law and lodged its own extradition request for Vinnik, who also appealed to be extradited to Russia. Vinnik was quoted by the Russian news outlet that he doesn’t want an extradition to the United States because “it has nothing to do with” him.

I am a Russian citizen and let the court in Russia deal with it,” Vinnik said.

The battle to bring Vinnik home hasn’t ended yet because the Greek court’s decision can still be appealed. The final decision lies with Greece’s justice minister, who decides where to send people accused of crimes in times of competing requests. Vinnik’s lawyer said that according to the Greek law, “the Minister of Justice independently makes decisions on extradition, regardless of the court decision.

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Pronet Gaming has opened a new “innovation hub” in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Sofia hub, which will be led by Pronet General Manager Tsvetanka Dimitrova, will house 40 tech professionals that will work primarily on optimising product development and innovation projects for the igaming systems and platform supplier.

Pronet confirmed that its Sofia office launch would be accompanied by a recruitment drive, with the company seeking to fill vacancies for software engineers, javascript developers, UX specialists and system architects.

“This office will be headed up by General Manager, Tsvetanka Dimitrova, who has a strong background in setting up world-class operations for technology platforms and is, therefore, a perfect fit for us. This expansion reflects our investment into our technology, giving our clients an ever-improving and innovative product. It’ll also enhance the way we launch our new operators and features, making our processes even quicker and more seamless. This achievement is the first of many for Pronet Gaming this year,” Alex Leese, CEO of Pronet, said.

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Zitro’s Link King is Now Being Played in Macedonia

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Zitro reports its entry into a new European market. This time around, the successful game Link King is the first Zitro game to hit North Macedonia. This is one more step in the ambitious growth plans, which Zitro is committed to accelerating, as the world moves past the pandemic.

The multigame Link King is satisfying both the operator and the players, as Soren Dano, General Director of Casino Apollonia has stated: “Our Casino is full of gaming options that no slot lover should miss, but Zitro’s Link King has been brought in to complete the Casino’s games offering, giving our clients an eye-catching spectacle of games, fun, joy, and excitement, thanks to its frequent prizes”.

For her part, Nadège Teyssedre, Zitro Sales Director for EMEA, comments: “We are very proud to have reached Macedonia, with a game like Link King that has surpassed the most established brands around the world. Being present at the Apollonia Casino is a new milestone for us. One more achievement in our expansion on the European continent. On behalf of Zitro, we want to convey our gratitude to the incredible team at Casino Apollonia for their trust in us”.

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