• Crypto mixers, such as Tornado Cash, enable anonymous transactions which can be misused by criminals.
• Regulators have implemented Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws and Know Your Customer (KYC) measures to combat money laundering.
• Transparency International recently revealed that 8 crypto exchanges in Moscow are willing to assist with money laundering.
Crypto Mixers Enable Anonymity
One of the reasons regulators frown at crypto transactions is anonymity. For instance, with crypto mixers such as Tornado Cash, crypto users can send and receive money without compromising their personal information. Unfortunately, this system also enables criminals to evade authorities, especially when transferring money obtained from illegal means.
Anti-Money Laundering Regulations
That’s why many regulators in different countries pursue stringent Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws and Know Your Customer (KYC) measures. However, it seems that setting up these laws is not enough if crypto exchanges don’t do their part in enforcing them.
Crypto Exchanges Evade UK AML And TI
A recent report has revealed that some crypto exchanges in Russia accepted a money laundering run to take USDT and give GBP cash in London. In a recent investigation by Transparency International, eight crypto exchanges based in Moscow showed a willingness to support a money laundering attempt. The researchers exchanged telegram messages with these exchanges, even stating the huge amount involved in the transaction, but they weren’t discouraged.
Moscow City’s Diverse Needs
The exchanges were ready to accept USDT in Moscow City and give GBP cash to a contact in London. In the report, TI noted that Moscow City houses many vendors and service firms to meet the diverse needs of its visitors. As such, it is possible to find crypto exchanges in Moscow City willing to help customers transfer money out of the country. Since citizens cannot use Russian-issued cards abroad, they rely on other means to transfer funds to other countries and get cash there. This is why crypto has become a better alternative, as no one questions the buyer’s income source during the transaction..
Focus On Stablecoins
So the investigators focused on finding crypto exchanges that accept cash, exchange stablecoins, and those willing to buy stablecoins in Russian and offer cash abroad. The main stablecoin of focus was USDT since it is free from price volatility After determining the target