Bomb Threats Demanding Bitcoin Force Evacuations Across Russia
Someone has been sending bomb threats across Russia for a month, demanding $870,000 worth of bitcoin supposedly stolen from the defunct cryptocurrency exchange WEX.
The alleged BTC-e operator stands accused of extortion, aggravated money laundering and conspiracy.
The bank funds are said to be linked to Russian Alexander Vinnik, who allegedly ran the defunct crypto exchange BTC-e.
Vinnik will reportedly face charges including defrauding more than 100 people in six French cities from 2016 to 2018.
French prosecutors have charged Vinnik on counts of extortion, aggravated money laundering, conspiracy and more.
Greece's supreme administrative court found that a ruling to extradite alleged BTC-e operator Alexander Vinnik to France was lawful. Vinnik can no longer appeal the decision.