The request to detain a Russian citizen came from French investigators, writes Baza telegram channel close to law enforcement agencies.. Shkurenko is suspected by international investigators of several offenses at once – extortion, data theft and “gaining access to an automated data processing system”, as well as money laundering.
It is not yet known whether the detainee will be handed over to the French side – Russian law enforcement officers will conduct an extradition check and only then decide the fate of the co-founder of Bitzlato.
Bitzlato lawyers insist that the arrest and extradition of Anton Shkurenko to foreign law enforcement agencies will be contrary to the rule of law.
The Bitzlato exchange was founded in 2017 by Anatoly Legkodymov and Anton Shkurenko. The first was arrested in the United States in mid-January at the request of the FBI. U.S. Attorneys Say Bitzlato Is Linked to Large-Scale Money Laundering. The amount of money laundered, according to foreign investigators, can reach $715 million.
Anton Shkurenko promised that the service would restore work and pay all funds to users. Earlier, Bits.Media published a large-scale material with an analysis of the situation around Bitzlato.
UPD Thread development: Bits.Media source: Bitzlato co-founder remains at large.