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Uncovering Ukraine’s Crypto Exchange Network

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ByMarcel Bich

Aug 21, 2023
Uncovering Ukraine's Crypto Exchange Network
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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) revealed a hidden network of cryptocurrency exchanges operating in the country. The SBU’s cyber division, along with the Economic Security Bureau, identified and dismantled a significant money circulation channel between Russia and Ukraine, facilitated by cryptocurrency technologies and banned Russian payment systems.

Cracking Down on Crypto Exchangers: Ukraine’s Battle Against Illicit Financial Activities

During targeted operations in four Ukrainian cities, including Kiev, Kharkiv, Rivne, and Sumy, law enforcement authorities cracked down on several cryptocurrency exchangers. The SBU estimated that each of these exchanges handled over one million U.S. dollars in monthly transactions. The services offered by these exchangers involved converting Russian rubles into cryptocurrency and cashing them into Ukrainian hryvnia, serving as a means to withdraw funds from Russia.

According to the SBU, the primary clientele of these cryptocurrency exchangers were hackers and representatives of commercial entities involved in shadow commodity exchange and financial dealings with Russia. The exchangers played a role in facilitating these illicit transactions and money transfers. However, the specific exchangers involved have not been clearly identified.

As a result of the investigation, the SBU confiscated nearly $1.6 million in Ukrainian hryvnia equivalent. Additionally, one employee of the network was placed under suspicion for engaging in illegal actions with payment cards and other means of access to bank accounts, as per Article 200 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

In April 2023, the SBU uncovered a fraudulent financial pyramid scheme known as “Life is good.” Initially operating in Russia, the organizers later targeted the Ukrainian market, defrauding almost a thousand victims and amassing $40 million. The authorities’ vigilance against such criminal activities underscores the importance of ongoing efforts to combat illicit financial activities and safeguard the financial integrity of the country.

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Marcel Bich

Marcel ‘s passion for the world of cryptocurrencies and his comprehensive knowledge of blockchain technology make him an invaluable asset to our team. He stays updated on the latest trends, regulations, and emerging technologies in the crypto space, ensuring that our audience receives accurate and up-to-date information.