Uzbeki police get ‘how to seize crypto’ training from UN security org


The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organized a five-day training course on cryptocurrencies and dark web investigation for the police and prosecution forces of Uzbekistan. The course is part of the OSCE’s ongoing efforts to educate Central Asian law enforcement officers on emerging technologies that could be abused by criminals in a strategically important region for global drug trafficking.

As the official press release of October 21 goesrepresentatives of the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of the Interior and the State Security Service attended the training from October 17 to 21 to learn about the main concepts and key trends in the areas of network interconnection, anonymity and encryption, cryptocurrencies, techniques of obfuscation, Dark Web and Tor networks.

The executors became familiar with the methods for seizing cryptocurrency and blockchain analysis developed by the European Cyercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG). The OSCE has even donated a new computer room to the Academy of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

The course became the first national training in Uzbekistan delivered under the second phase of the extrabudgetary project “Developing Capabilities to Combat Cybercrime in Central Asia,” which is funded by the United States, Germany and the Republic of Korea. National training activities will continue throughout the region during 2022 and 2023.

In 2020, the OSCE has also conducted a training program on the application of cryptocurrencies for the countries of Central Asia. Back then, the scope of participating implementers was much broader, with representatives from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia attending in the city of Almaty.

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In August, the Government of Uzbekistan, which had previously taken significant steps towards a dovish approach to crypto, restricted access to a number of large international crypto exchangesincluding Binance, FTX, and Huobi, due to allegations of unlicensed activity.

The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security-oriented intergovernmental organization with observer status at the United Nations. Based in Vienna, it focuses on issues such as arms control, the promotion of human rights, press freedom and free and fair elections.