Binance Investigated For Possible Collaboration With Russia To Evade US Sanctions

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  • The Binance cryptocurrency platform is being investigated by the US Department of Justice for alleged collaboration with Russia to evade international sanctions.
  • The investigation reportedly focuses on whether Binance allowed Russian citizens to buy cryptocurrencies with rubles and then convert them into currencies like bitcoin.
  • The collaboration would have allowed Russian citizens to evade US-imposed sanctions.

According to a Bloomberg report, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binanceis under investigation by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for alleged use of criminal activities.  

The current investigation focuses on the use of the platform by Russian agents to evade financial sanctions imposed in 2022 for the invasion of Ukraine. The investigation is led by the DOJ’s homeland security division and is based on information provided by five people connected to the matter.  

US authorities have yet to determine if Russia used the platform or if someone inside Binance helped the country avoid sanctions. In fact, the DOJ is conducting two investigations against the cryptocurrency company, one led by the DOJ’s criminal division, and the other by the homeland security division.  

Last year, it was reported that the criminal investigation against the world’s largest exchange could lead to the indictment of the company and its top executives for money laundering violations. Binance is currently in discussions with the DOJ and US authorities to resolve these allegations, including the possibility that US adversaries are using the platform to avoid sanctions. 

According to the report, Binance has issued a statement claiming to comply with international law, and has launched an initiative to change its corporate governance structure and prevent repeat double listings, anonymous identities, and obscure sources of money. The company is trying to clear its name, as most major regulators in the United States are keeping an eye on it for similar reasons. 

Along the same lines, and in a further attempt to clear his name, Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao is celebrating a company collaboration in an investigation in which criminals accused of child abuse, drug trafficking, and drug trafficking were arrested. and public corruption. In addition, the company has released a six-part documentary that portrays its cooperation with international authorities in multiple jurisdictions.  

For his part, Binance’s Head of Financial Crimes Compliance, Tigran Gambaryan, has stated that, “the myth that cryptocurrencies are anonymous and allow illicit activities is actually quite the opposite. The fact that transactions are publicly recorded leaves a permanent record of what actually occurred. Investigators using investigative tools, their investigative power, the legal power to request information, actually find it easier, in many cases, to identify who is doing these activities than in a traditional financial investigation.” 

In conclusion, although Binance is making efforts to improve its image and cooperate with authorities, its reputation remains under scrutiny due to allegations of money laundering violations and the possibility that the platform is being used to evade financial sanctions. The company will need to continue its collaboration with the authorities and be transparent in its operations to restore the confidence of the public and regulators.