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Lawyer of Russian suspected of crypto laundering urges prisoner swap in letter

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– Russian man, Alexander Vinnik, accused of laundering over $4 billion through digital currency bitcoin
– Vinnik’s lawyer urges Moscow to begin negotiations with the United States for a potential prisoner swap
– U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in July that Washington had made Moscow a “substantial offer” for the release of American citizens held in Russia
– Vinnik’s lawyer says that the only thing that can save Alexander is for the Russian Federation to enter into negotiations with the American authorities within the framework of the exchange of prisoners between the countries mentioned
– Vinnik was arrested in 2017 in Greece at the request of the United States, though Moscow has repeatedly demanded he be returned to Russia
– The U.S. Department of Justice said Vinnik “allegedly owned, operated, and administrated BTC-e, a significant cybercrime and online money laundering entity that allowed its users to trade in bitcoin with high levels of anonymity and developed a customer base heavily reliant on criminal activity.”
– The maximum penalty for the U.S. charges against Vinnik is 55 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice website says, a figure confirmed by Vinniks lawyer.
– Russia has repeatedly stated that it was engaged in “quiet diplomacy” with the U.S. regarding a potential prisoner swap.

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