Mueller’s Russia Investigation Can Become an Existing Bitcoin Exchange Administrator
Mueller’s Russia Investigation Can Become an Existing Bitcoin Exchange Administrator

Alexander Vinnik

A Russian citizen accused of making a crypto-currency exchange to help a billion-dollar money laundering operation may have valuable information to show that a group of Russians might recently be accused by the US Special Mission Robert Mueller.

Bloomberg said he was arrested in 2017 after being accused of helping illegal money transfers using bitcoins, including transfers to a Russian military intelligence hacking unit called the Fantasy Bear, by Alexander Vinnik, currently detained in a Greek prison. Officers from Fancy Bear are among those who blamed Democratic Party e-mail databases for stealing Mueller’s illegitimate 2016 election.

Three-way tussle
At present, France and the United States are fighting to return Vinnik to various criminal charges related to money laundering and cybercrime crimes against citizens. Russia is also fighting for the extradition of Vinnik to his homeland, presumably to preserve the secrets that Vinnik could potentially deliver to his NATO allies.

CCN announced in July that a Greek court had accepted a extradition request from Russia to Vinnik and would produce an angry response from Russia. Earlier in May, Greek police reportedly discovered a conspiracy to kill Vinnik in prison.

Vinnik claims he has no information about the money laundering operation and that he has no control over the $ 9 billion bitcoin that flows through BTC-e, which he manages. However, as a compromise, he decided to work with French researchers from his position in Greece.

American researchers are accusing BTC-e of shopping by completely reversing Vinnik’s entire KYC / AML guidelines, allowing customers to act only as anonymous, with an e-mail address and password required. Mueller’s investigation reported that Russian intelligence officers seeking anonymity had a similar process stratification model through crypto exchange.

The data company Elliptic used the details presented in the indictment to investigate the accusation and to reveal an example of such activities by Russian agents.

Eldoretik Chief Data Officer Tom Robinson says:

“There was a strong link between the Fancy Bear group and most of the funds allegedly used by BTC-e. What I can not say for sure is whether the Fantasy Bear is directly from BTC-e or if there is a mediator.

Arkady Bukh, a lawyer representing Yengeniy Nikulin, a hacker accused with Vinnik, said the real purpose of the US was to gain information and intelligence about Russian state-sponsored hackers, including information such as e-mail, name and bank accounts.


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