$1 million in cryptocurrencies was in stolen Kiev
According to some reports, the funds were distributed between various exchanges for fiat withdrawal. The police are investigating, and the recent blocking of user accounts on the Binance cryptocurrency exchange was caused by this theft.
Earlier, a Telegram channel Goldfoundinshit TM wrote about the theft with reference to its sources, mentioning that the investigators already have a possible suspect.
During the investigation, Ukrainian cyber police representatives contacted Binance
exchange and demanded to block a number of accounts for the duration of the investigation.
In particular, the Binance administration blocked the account of the trader Alexander with a large amount on the account - the user was no longer able to enter the account and, as a result, withdraw funds.
The support service informed him of the need to wait 30 days, "while the investigation is going on," the site did not ask about the origin of the funds.
The trader himself claimed that the possible reason for blocking the depositing of USDT in his account, which he acquired at the end of December from a friend. By the way, the seller’s account was also blocked.
The trader’s account is still locked. At the same time, the support service provided him with the contacts of an investigator from the cyber police of
“The police representative replied that an investigation was underway regarding my account, as someone wrote a report on the theft of assets which ultimately were sent to my address. I personally know the person from whom I acquired this
cryptocurrency. He also bought it for cash from third parties,” underlined the trader.
Interestingly, Alexander still has not received any procedural status in the case.
“There is no status as such. I saw neither a case nor a statement with my own eyes - that’s was said to be the secret information of the investigation. The police have no questions for me,” he said.
However, Alexandr knows the alleged offender who has stolen $1 million in cryptocurrency personally.
“I don’t go into these details, because as a matter of fact they have proceedings between themselves, all the others are involved in the case only indirectly,” he said.
In addition to Alexander and his seller, two more users are known - Mikhail and Konstantin, whose accounts were completely blocked. All four are citizens of the Russian Federation.
According to Mikhail, who has a six-figure amount in rubles on Binance, neither the exchange nor the police of Ukraine have asked him any questions about his activities or the origin of the money, or about any transactions since the blocking on January 6.
Konstantin, who has also lost access to several hundred thousand rubles, cannot yet confirm with absolute certainty that the blocking of his account is connected with the “Kiev case”.
“I was blocked earlier than everyone else - December 16, 2019. But at the same time they’re the toughest with me: Binance doesn’t tell me anything, they don’t say anything about the “Kiev case”. Until January 21, I was completely ignored. After the scandal we raised, they wrote me a formal excuse letter stating that my account is under review. Therefore, I’m just trying to guess the reasons for the blocking,” he said.
The official representative of the Binance exchange in the Russian Federation, Gleb Kostarev, in an interview on January 28 - for a YouTube channel Incrypted, admitted that the site “ worked out imperfectly” regarding the situation with the blockings of accounts.
“The case is exceptional and quite serious. They worked imperfectly in the sense that users did not receive feedback from the support service for a long time. We analysed the situation from the inside and came to the conclusion that if the situation repeats, we should respond more quickly,” he said.
It is worth noting that on January 13, Binance blocked an account at the request of the Ukrainian police.
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