PARIS (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 24th January, 2020) The Russian Embassy to France told Sputnik that it was maintaining contact with the legal defense of Alexander Vinnik, who was arrested in Greece in 2017 over money laundering charges and transported to Paris on Thursday.
"The diplomats are in permanent contact with Vinnik's lawyer," a spokesperson for the embassy said on late Thursday.
The United States accuses Vinnik of laundering $4 billion worth of funds through a cryptocurrency trading platform. Russia and France also sought his extradition from Greece on other charges. Vinnik has denied committing any criminal or administrative offenses.