Author: Gan Jia Ci
According to local news media 368.media on 22 May, local police officers of National Police have allegedly been mining cryptocurrency while at work in Rivne, Ukraine.
According to the paperwork, the police officers are under suspicion of stealing electricity at work to mine cryptocurrency for personal gains. The suspects, all of whom remain anonymous, have allegedly been mining cryptocurrencies for over four months. However, at this point, it is uncertain as to how much electricity was stolen or what cryptocurrency they were mining.
In April, the employees of the National Police’s Department for Internal Security discovered the supplies for mining cryptocurrency in the office of Communications Department. Eight video cards, two hard drives, six power supply components, one motherboard and a computer system unit were since confiscated by a regional commissioner.
Cryptocurrency mining is currently legal in Ukraine. On 14 May, Alexei Mushak, a member of the parliament in Ukraine, put up a Facebook post declaring that Ukraine is currently preparing a draft legislation bill to legalise cryptocurrencies in the country. The Ukrainian National Securities and Stock Market Commission (SSMCS) has also been attempting to acknowledge cryptocurrencies as a form of “financial instrument” this year.