Polish authorities have confirmed the arrest of Dmitry Vasilyev, former head of the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange Weeks. The former executive of the platform, allegedly involved in the theft of billions of dollars worth of funds, faces possible extradition to Kazakhstan.
The prosecutor’s office confirmed that Vasilyev was in Polish custody
Dmitry Vasilyev, who once operated Russia’s largest crypto exchange, was arrested at Warsaw airport in early August, but the Polish newspaper Gazeta Viborja broke the news last week, citing unnamed sources. A representative of the capital’s regional prosecutor’s office has now confirmed the arrest to Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.
The Ukrainian-year-old Russian citizen, the heir to the infamous BTC-e exchange, now led by the inactive Vix, was sold to Ukrainian separatist fighter Dmitry Havchenko in late 2018 before being sold. The digital asset trading platform stopped lifting earlier that year and eventually went bankrupt.
Although Vasilyev was officially the owner of Weeks’ Singapore-based operator, the BBC Russian Service had previously revealed that Weeks included Alexei Biluchenko, a partner of BTC-e alleged administrator Alexander Vinik. France last December sentenced a Russian IT specialist to five years in prison for smuggling up to 9 9 billion through BTC-E, which refused to extradite Vinik to Russia.
Polish police have arrested a former Wax CEO in collaboration with the International Criminal Police Organization. “Dmitry VK sent a request for extradition to Kazakhstan,” the Warsaw prosecutor’s office said. Vasilyev has been wanted in Central Asian countries since 2001 on charges of exchange fraud. It has not yet been decided whether Poland will hand him over.
The crypto entrepreneur has been in custody since August 11, when he was temporarily arrested by Polish authorities for an initial period of 40 days. Dmitry Vasilyev is suspected of being involved in the disappearance of assets worth 4 450 million from citizens of EU member states and other countries around the world.
On Monday, someone ordered the transfer of a million, 91 E ETH from Wex’s wallet, valued at more than ০ 300 million, the crypto news outlet Forklog reported. The transaction, which remains to be confirmed at the time of writing, began on September 15 after the withdrawal of 100 ETHs from the wallet. The publication mentions that the first movement of funds in the wallet in the last three years.
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