The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organized a five-day training course on cryptocurrencies and dark web investigation for police forces and prosecutors in 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 stated in the official press release of October 21, representatives 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 interconnection, anonymity and encryption, cryptocurrencies, obfuscation techniques, the Dark Web and the Tor networks.
Agents became familiar with cryptocurrency seizure methods and blockchain analysis developed by the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG). The OSCE even donated a new computer room to the Prosecutor General’s Academy.
The course became the first national training in Uzbekistan delivered within the framework of the second phase of the extrabudgetary project “Building capacities to fight cybercrime in Central Asia”, financed by the United States, Germany and the Republic of Korea. National training activities will continue throughout the region throughout 2022 and 2023.
In 2020, the OSCE also carried out a training program on the application of cryptocurrencies for the countries of Central Asia. At the time, the scope of participating implementers was much broader, with representatives from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia attending it in the city of Almaty.
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 exchanges, including 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.
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