April 19, 2024
Ukrainian Officials Trained in Crypto Investigations
Policy & Regulation

Ukrainian Officials Trained in Crypto Investigations

Fourteen Ukrainian officials from supervisory and law enforcement agencies participated in a training course held from November 14 to November 17 in Vienna, Austria. The course was organized by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The officials were trained in advanced techniques and tools for investigating financial crimes involving virtual assets, such as cryptocurrencies. They learned how to trace crypto transactions over different blockchains using specialized analytics software.

Ralf Ernst, Acting Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, said that the training course was essential for strengthening Ukraine’s capacity to combat financial crimes. “With the growing use of virtual assets and cryptocurrencies in Ukraine, there is a pressing need to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement and supervisory bodies,” Ernst said.

“This is essential for effective investigations, enhancing Ukraine’s resilience against money laundering and other financial crimes.”

The training course is a component of the “Innovative Policy Solutions to Mitigate Laundering Risks of Virtual Assets” project, which receives funding from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, and Poland.

The project’s objective is to assist the governments of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine in addressing criminal risks associated with digital assets and cryptocurrencies.

In a recent collaboration between Tether, a stablecoin issuer, and local law enforcement agencies in Ukraine and Israel, 32 wallet addresses were frozen that were potentially linked to terrorist activity. A total of $873,118 worth of Tether was frozen across these 32 wallet addresses.

Tether CEO Paolo Ardoino stated that the transparency of the cryptocurrency ecosystem makes it possible to trace and track transactions. “Contrary to popular belief, cryptocurrency transactions are not anonymous; they are the most traceable and trackable assets,” Ardoino said.

The training course and the freezing of the 32 wallet addresses are both important steps in combating financial crimes involving virtual assets. By strengthening the capacity of law enforcement agencies and financial institutions to investigate and prosecute these crimes, we can help protect the integrity of the financial system.

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