BTC-e

BTC-e was a cryptocurrency trading platform until the U.S. government seized their website in July 2017. It was founded in July 2011 and as of February 2015 handled around 3% of all Bitcoin exchange volume. Until the 25th of July 2017, it allowed trading between the U. S. dollar, Russian ruble and euro currencies, and the bitcoin, litecoin, namecoin, novacoin, peercoin, dash and ethereum cryptocurrencies.

BTC-e was operated by ALWAYS EFFICIENT LLP which is registered in London and is listed as having 2 officers: Sandra Gina Esparon and Evaline Sophie Joubert and two people with significant control: Alexander Buyanov and Andrii Shvets.

The US Justice Dept attempted to close down BTC-e on the 26th of July 2017 when they charged Alexander Vinnik and BTC-e in a 21-count indictment for operating an alleged international money laundering scheme and allegedly laundering funds from the hack of Mt. Gox.

On 28 July 2017, US authorities seized the BTC-e.com domain name and 38% of all customer funds. To repay its customers BTC-e created WEX tokens, which were used to represent customers’ stolen equity. The WEX tokens represented $1 and were issued to account for the value of customers cryptocurrencies at the time of the theft.

Vinnik’s Saga Unfolds: There is No Evidence of His Guilt in the Case Files, Says Attorney
October 2nd, 2018

According to the lawyer of Alexander Vinnik, an alleged Bitcoin launderer, questioned by French investigators, the charges are ‘trumped up’.

Alleged BTC-e Owner and Bitcoin Fraud to be Extradited to Russia
September 5th, 2018

The government of Greece has approved the extradition of Alexander Vinnik to Russia, where he is wanted on fraud charges amounting to around $10,000.

Greek Court Satisfies U.S. Extradition Request for BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik
October 5th, 2017

A Greek court has cleared the US extradition of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, the alleged former operator of bitcoin exchange BTC-e, arrested in Greece on July 25.

Troubled Bitcoin Exchange BTC-e Rebrands as WEX but With Old Design
September 18th, 2017

BTC-e trading platform announced its official rebranding and the new exchange domain Wex.nz on September 15. In its welcome statement the company shares the details of the reopening assuring they are fully AML/KYC compliant.

BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik Asserts His Innocence in the New Interview
September 11th, 2017

Alexander Vinnik, alleged BTC-e operator arrested by the US Department of Justice in July, claims he is innocent of charges brought against him by the US government.

Bitcoin Exchange BTC-e Is Back Online, Withdrawals Remain Impossible
September 1st, 2017

Previously indicted Russian-based cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e is back online keeping its promise to relaunch the web-site before September 2, 2017.

Latest Update from Bitcoin Exchange BTC-e: 3 Stages of Service Relaunch
August 31st, 2017

In its latest update troubled Russian-based Bitcoin exchange BTC-e outlines three-stage process for its relaunch, pledging new information.

Bitcoin Exchange BTC-e Will Launch ‘Daily’ Updates in Anticipation of the Re-Launch
August 26th, 2017

Bitcoin exchange BTC-e is planning the platform’s re-launch in September, cites pressure from US government as a reason for the recent shutdown.

BTC-e to Offer Free Trading for Exchange Debt Token to Repay Customers
August 15th, 2017

One of the oldest cryptocurrency exchanges has specified details about their new IOU cryptographic token.

Troubled Bitcoin Exchange BTC-e Will Likely Issue Tokens in Bid to Relaunch and Refund Users
August 9th, 2017

Bitcoin exchange BTC-e has just published a new update about its plans on how to refund all the money to its users after it was shuttered by U.S. authorities in late July.