WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The extradition of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik is in line with the U.S. government’s long-standing practice of arresting people at any time and place in the world and bringing them to the United States to face to legal action, a legal expert and lawyer Arkady Bukh told Sputnik.
Vinnik was extradited from Greece to the United States on Friday to face charges related to money laundering and operating the BTC-e platform and Moscow trading house. If convicted, Vinnik faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.
“This [extradition] is almost never a problem because there is no United States constitution applicable outside the United States border. So any type of arrest outside of the United States is legal in the perception of American judges and American justice systems,” Bukh said Friday. “We [the United States] don’t have to follow local law, we only follow US law; if there’s a warrant, we can arrest anytime, anywhere.”
Bukh said Vinnik will be arraigned in US court next week and the judge will most likely deny bail because the defendant is not a US citizen. This means Vinnik will remain in custody while his case is investigated, Bukh added.
Vinnik’s extradition to the United States has outraged Moscow officials who have said they fear he will face “punitive justice”.
Greek authorities arrested Vinnik in 2017 at the request of the US government. Vinnik was first extradited to France, where he was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $119,433. Vinnik was then sent back to Greece before being taken to the United States on a private plane.
Bukh is a well-known attorney from Brooklyn, New York, who has represented numerous Russian citizens facing lawsuits in the United States, including Stanislav Lisov, Maksim Boiko, and Denis Dubnikov.