Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Greek court’s decision to extradite Alexander Vinnik to the US
We have noted with regret the decision of the appellate court in Thessaloniki, Greece to comply with a request from the United States to extradite Alexander Vinnik to the US.
We deem the verdict unjust and a violation of international law. A request from the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office on extraditing Mr Vinnik to Russia was submitted to the Greek authorities. Based on legal precedent, the Russian request should take priority as Mr Vinnik is a citizen of Russia. The verdict is even more surprising in the context of the atmosphere of friendly relations between Russia and Greece.
We proceed from the fact that this court decision is not final. Mr Vinnik’s council will appeal to the Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece. The court’s verdict must then be submitted to the Greek Minister of Justice for approval.
We hope the Greek authorities will consider the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office request, and Russia’s reasoning, and act in strict compliance with international law.