Bitcoin, Ethereum and Monero are the most popular cryptocurrencies among criminals in the Russian Federation. Deputy Director of Rosfinmonitoring Herman Neglyad told TASS about this .
“In the Russian Federation, in addition to Bitcoin, Ethereum and Monero are also popular in general for criminal purposes, not only for financing terrorism,” he said.
According to Neglyad, the agency records the facts of illegal activities using digital assets together with the financial intelligence units of foreign states.
“Rosfinmonitoring has about a hundred agreements, including with European countries,” the deputy head of the service specified.
Based on observations, the department opened several criminal cases.
Recall that in February, Rosfinmonitoring, together with law enforcement officers and the Academy of Sciences, developed a service that will allow tracking cryptocurrency transactions and calculating their ultimate beneficiary.
On January 1, 2021, the law “On digital financial assets” entered into force in the Russian Federation, which prohibits the use of cryptocurrencies in the Russian Federation to pay for goods and services .
In 2020, the total volume of cryptocurrency payments on the darknet amounted to $ 1.7 billion. The Russian Federation, the United States and Ukraine entered the top three in terms of turnover of funds on the black market.