No, Ukrainian Prosecutors Didn’ t Just Seize 830kg of Silver from an OTC Crypto Gang– Here’s What Happened

No, Ukrainian Prosecutors Didn’t Just Seize 830kg of Silver from an OTC Crypto Gang – Here’s What Happened
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Reports that prosecutors in the Darnytskyi District of Kyiv, Ukraine, have actually just recently busted a gang of non-prescription (OTC) crypto brokers– who enabled people in Russia and locations under Russian control to switch silver, money, and land for cryptoassets– seem rather broad of the mark.

Earlier today, Ukrainian prosecutors released an authorities release discussing that a gang had actually tried to “allow users from the Russian Federation, as well as residents of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, to convert cash and non-cash funds into cryptocurrency without paying taxes.”

The prosecutors discussed that they had actually taken some USD 1.7 m worth of money– an approximately equivalent mix of hryvnia, USD, and euros. They likewise seized 830kg of silver bars, several cellphones, and a number of USB flash drives.

In addition, the prosecutors stated they had actually taken 6 plots of land with a “total area of over six hectares,” in addition to 3 houses “with a total area of 380sqm.” These homes “come from the individuals in the criminal procedures, the prosecutors mentioned.

All of the above seems real. The just issue is, it in fact appears to have actually happened well over a year back. In April 2021, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) launched an practically similar report, which likewise included a YouTube video revealing officers processing the haul.

The SSU report likewise included the precise very same images that were consisted of in the prosecution’s report– evidence that the occurrence in concern certainly happened over a year back.

The prosecution service stated unnamed people included had actually been charged with tax evasion, the tried laundering of home gotten through criminal activity, and scams, which all the offers included cryptoassets.

The possessions, officers stated, deserved a combined overall of around USD 3.4 m and were discovered throughout searches carried out in Kyiv andKharkiv The latter city is presently one of the centers of the present military dispute and is apparently under heavy attack from Russian forces.

One media outlet declared that the prosecution’s “announcement” had “received little notice in the West.” As the story is plainly over a years of age, possibly it is not difficult to comprehend why.


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