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Russian Blockchain Association launches online help desk for defrauded crypto enthusiasts

Russian Association of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (RABAC) opens a new service to protect defrauded investors in crypto. Within the framework of the new service, RABAC is going to actively cooperate with Police, Federal Security Service (FSB) and Interpol.

The online support service for victims of cryptocurrency-related frauds and scams is opening today under the aegis of RABAC. The new division will be coordinated by RABAC’s vice president in charge of Escrow-mechanism implementation Denis Dushnov and vice president in charge of technology promotion Alexander Brazhnikov.

Russia is ranking third in the list of countries with the greatest number of hacked cryptocurrency exchanges. The overall number of cryptocurrency-related cybercrimes has surged by 32% in the Q1 2018 alone here. The financial losses suffered by Russians involved with the sphere of crypto keep on piling up not least because of the financial pyramid Cashberry, which is responsible for total damages amounting to about ₽3 billion (roughly $45.66 million). The case with the ill-famed cryptocurrency exchange WEX should also be taken into account in this context, as the accounts of no less than a million of Russian crypto traders keep on being frozen on it. Those who have lost their money due to the exchange’s closure are known to be preparing to press charges against the scammed platform. Many of the victims have already been appealing to RABAC for help. It is also worth noting, that according to statistics, 70% of Russia-based ICOs turned out to be scams.

First Private Cryptocurrency Investigation Agency (FPCIA) and Troubleshooting Consulting (TSC) are the possible working names of the RABAC’s project. The new division will supposedly provide a wide range of services, like providing support to defrauded traders and scam-related risk assessment of new crypto projects. Other services to be provided by FPCIA/TSC include:

• Tracking the investments stolen
• Searching for suspected embezzlers
• Searching for counterparties linked to companies suspected in embezzlement
• Assistance in settling legal disputes
• Assistance in settling property disputes

Russian citizens will be able to contact FPCIA/TSC via phone, e-mail or official website. They have noted in RABAC, however, that in-person meetings will be much more helpful in terms of further work effectiveness.

All the complainants will receive feedback from FPCIA/TSC within a day. All those who apply for help will also be provided by questionnaires to fill out, so that the service could look into the circumstances of each given case in detail. FPCIA/TSC will then be able to appoint in-person meetings to analyze cases and discuss further actions.

The organization will launch Fpcia.com portal to collect the complaints and provide users with basic methodology for dealing with most common sorts of scams and frauds. As explained by RABAC, they will cooperate with Russian law enforcement agencies despite the lack of cryptocurrency market regulation in the country. The new service will operate both in Russia and abroad, as the blockchain industry is not confined to national borders.

Earlier this month, RABAC announced it will draft amendments to the existing draft regulation in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The association believes that direct transactions between owners of tokens should be legalized, given that proper taxation rules would be applied to crypto assets. RABAC also suggested the introduction of KYC and AML procedures in the crypto sphere.

Back in October, the president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) Alexander Shokhin heavily criticized the three draft laws on cryptocurrency and investment platform regulation, which had been earlier adopted in the first reading by the State Duma. He proposed to postpone their further readings till the next year and submitted his own version of the draft for digital asset regulation to the PM Dmitry Medvedev.