Greece: Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik vows to continue hunger strike

Piraeus’ First Instance Court ruled to leave Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik in custody on Thursday. Vinnik commented on court’s decision saying: «Three court hearing have passed, and it turned out to be a kindergarten.» He also announced that he continues to hold the hunger strike: «I have neither rights nor opportunities besides continuing my hunger strike to attract attention of... Еще those who are competent.» Vinnik has been held in prison for 20 months, since July 2017, longer than the Greek Constitution allows, as he waits for the decision of the Greek judiciary on three extradition requests. Vinnik reportedly went on a hunger strike from November 2018 to February 2019, and only stopped so he could be fit to appear at his scheduled March hearing. He was reportedly transferred to a clinic as his situation was reportedly life-threatening. The former bitcoin platform operator is accused by French authorities of cybercrime and money laundering totaling €130 million ($151 million), using the virtual currency.

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