Lawyer for Russian accused of laundering asks for inclusion in prisoner swap talks

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Alexander Vinnik successful  a record  photograph  from April 2019.

(CNN)A lawyer for a Russian antheral accused of wealth laundering who was extradited to the US past period has lobbied Moscow to see his lawsuit successful captive speech negotiations with the US government.

The "only happening that tin save" Alexander Vinnik, who US authorities allege ran a $4 cardinal cryptocurrency speech that did concern with ransomware gangs, is if the Russian authorities negotiates a captive swap with the US, Frédéric Bélot, Vinnik's lawyer successful France, said successful a missive to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov obtained by CNN.

The entreaty comes arsenic the Biden medication continues to effort to unafraid the merchandise of aggregate Americans detained oregon imprisoned successful Russia, including WNBA prima Brittney Griner, who was sentenced to 9 years successful prison for carrying cannabis lipid done a Moscow airport.

    The Biden medication has offered to speech convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout arsenic portion of a imaginable woody to unafraid the merchandise of Griner and Paul Whelan, an American who has been held successful Russia for alleged espionage since 2018, CNN reported successful July. US officials accidental they are inactive trying to get the Americans released, though nary breakthrough has occurred successful caller weeks.

      CNN has requested remark connected the missive to Lavrov from the Russian overseas ministry and the US State Department.

      Reuters archetypal reported connected Bélot's missive to Lavrov.

      US prosecutors had for years been successful an extradition combat with Russian authorities implicit Vinnik, who was arrested successful Greece and subsequently extradited to France, wherever helium was sentenced to 5 years successful situation successful 2020 for wealth laundering. The Justice Department yet won its entreaty to apprehend Vinnik, who made his archetypal tribunal quality successful the Northern District of California connected August 5.

        Vinnik is accused of operating a cryptocurrency speech known arsenic BTC-e that allegedly did concern with cause dealers and assorted cybercriminals specified arsenic individuality thieves.

        Vinnik maintains his innocence, according to Bélot, who represents the 42-year-old Russian antheral successful France. CNN has requested remark from David Rizk, a nationalist defender whom tribunal records database arsenic Vinnik's lawyer successful the Northern District of California.

          The Russian government, done its embassies and consulates successful the US, often pays adjacent attraction to the trials of accused Russian cybercriminals. And Vinnik is acold from the archetypal Russian whom the Kremlin has asked different authorities to extradite aft US prosecutors filed their ain extradition request.

          Aleksei Burkov, whom US authorities accused of moving an online forum for "elite cybercriminals," was extradited to the US from Israel successful 2019 implicit Moscow's fierce objections. Burkov was sentenced to 9 years successful US situation successful 2020 but was yet deported to Russia successful September 2021. A Justice Department spokesperson declined to remark connected the details of the lawsuit then, but clarified that Burkov's deportation "was not a [prisoner] exchange."

          CNN's Jennifer Hansler contributed reporting

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