Moscow confirms arrest of Russian cryptocurrency entrepreneur in Amsterdam, report mentions FBI – Bitcoin News
The Moscow Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the Dutch authorities arrested a Russian national who was engaged in cryptocurrency business. According to reports, at the request of US law enforcement agencies, men who participated in the establishment of two cryptocurrency trading platforms were arrested earlier this month.
Russian cryptocurrency exchange founder detained in the Netherlands
Denis Dubnikov, co-founder of cryptocurrency trading platforms Coyote Crypto and Eggchange, was arrested in Amsterdam on November 1. A report by the encrypted news media Forklog quoted Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as saying that he confirmed the news spread on social media.
The Russian citizen was initially detained in the isolation ward at the Mexico City airport. The publication details that he subsequently boarded a flight to the Netherlands and was eventually arrested by Dutch authorities, allegedly in response to a request made by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to Facebook postal Sergey Mendeleev, CEO of Defi Banking Platform Indefibank, released a report on November 4 that the United States sought to extradite Dubnikov, involving a cryptocurrency theft in 2018. It is believed that part of the digital currency has passed his wallet encryption currency transaction business.
“Therefore, a few days ago, Dubnikov Denis Mikhailovich, a citizen of the Russian Federation, had an unusual situation. For a completely unclear reason, he was detained on arrival. Mexico’s airport, then… was suddenly deported (deported exactly!) to Amsterdam…” Mendeleev explained, and asked Russian citizens how this could happen.
“Friends, I think there are reasons to ask the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to respond. Maybe Maria Zakharova will make important comments?” Mendeleev pointed out. In response to his appeal on social media, Zakharova confirmed the information about Dubnikov’s detention and added:
Russian diplomats in the Netherlands provide assistance to detained Russian citizens, [they] He is in contact with local law enforcement agencies on the issue of observing his rights.
Dubnikov arrested in anti-money laundering investigation of his crypto business
The news of Denis Dubnikov’s arrest came after Bloomberg reported this week that his Eggchange was the target of anti-money laundering investigations in Europe and the United States. In September, the U.S. Treasury Department adoption Sanctions on Suex, an over-the-counter crypto broker registered in the Czech Republic, which has offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Dubnikov is not the first Russian cryptocurrency entrepreneur to be detained by a US arrest warrant. In the summer of 2017, Russian IT expert Alexander Vinnik was arrested in the Greek city of Thessaloniki when he and his family came there for vacation.U.S. prosecutors claim that Vinnik is a notorious operator Bitcoin-e The exchange laundered up to 9 billion U.S. dollars through the now-defunct coin trading platform.Since then, he was extradited to France and Sentenced Imprisoned for five years for money laundering. In May, the French Judiciary Refused Request his extradition to Russia, where he will also face charges.
It is believed that the sanctioned cryptocurrency broker Suex has cleaned up the digital currency associated with the once largest cryptocurrency exchange in the Russian and regional markets. In August, the Polish authorities In custody Dmitry Vasiliev, the former CEO of BTC-e’s successor Wex, at the Warsaw Airport. Vasilyev is wanted in Kazakhstan, where he is accused of platform-related fraud and is awaiting a decision on his possible extradition.Polish official comfirmed He was arrested in September.
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