The Court of appeal of the city of Thessaloniki started the hearing of case on the request of the Russian Federation about the extradition of Alexander Vinnik to Russia

On July 23, 2018, The Court of appeal of the city of Thessaloniki started the hearing of case on the request of the Russian Federation about the extradition of Alexander Vinnik to Russia on the charge of fraudulent practices in the field of computer information, i.e. stealing of the property of another through input, removal, blocking, modification of computer information or another interference to storage tools operation, processing or transfer of computer information or information and telecommunication networks, act done by a group in especially big amount.

Presently, the authorities of Greece consider the requests of three countries about the extradition of Alexander Vinnik to Russia on criminal charges connected with computer sphere of activity. These crimes, according to allegations of American and French authorities, were committed by Vinnik while staying on the territory of Russia and Greece.

This has passed undetected how it is that the USA and France assumed the right to investigate the criminal offence perpetrated (in their opinion) on the territory of Russia.

It’s worth emphasizing that one of the main principles of a state existence is an exclusive right to exercise jurisdiction over its own citizens staying in any place of the world including an EXCLUSIVE right to investigate the criminal offence perpetrated (on their opinion) on their own territory.

However, this exclusive right in our case is withdrawn by the USA and France – countries who consider themselves as pillar of democracy, where Internet is merely a function of global telecommunication revolution but in no way a territory.

Huge data amounts are in fact located in physically uncertain place, and people sitting in front of computers in different countries of the world have an access to them

Те, кто совершают преступления, совершают их не в виртуальности, а в реальном мире, находясь перед компьютером в конкретной стране.

Those who commit crimes, do it not in virtuality, but in real world sitting in front of the computer in a concrete country.

Therefore, the place of a crime is a place of a person destination with a computer or telephone, at the moment of his input to Internet.

In view of the above, the USA and France have defied the principles of subjection to a jurisdiction and competence.

Early this year Alexander Vinnik made an application to the prosecutor of the city of Thessaloniki pointing to this circumstance and reiterated this on July 11, 2018, at the hearing on the request of French side.

Today, prior to the hearing the prosecutor of the city of Thessaloniki has informed that he didn’t receive the submissions from Alexander Vinnik about the breach of principles of subjection to a jurisdiction and competence otherwise he had to be obliged to initiate a criminal case himself as Vinnik was arrested on the territory of the prosecutor while committing a crime.

The proofs of application properly sent by the prison administration were submitted to the prosecutor.