September 06, 2022

Cybercrime Investigators Probing Oligarch Use of Crypto to Dodge Sanctions

Source: The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Journalist: Will Neal

The Treasury Department’s decision to designate the platform has created a degree of confusion within the wider cryptocurrency community. “There’s a huge uproar in the crypto-space right now,” explains Yaya Fanusie, a former CIA analyst and founder of Cryptocurrency AML Strategies.

“The complication has arisen: can you sanction computer code? And what about the innocent people who have been using the mixer? Is their crypto now sanctioned too?” he added.

One of Tornado cash’s developers has reportedly been detained by Dutch authorities, sparking debate over the culpability of the mixer’s decentralized development team for the way authorities claim the platform was misused.

Read the full article and more from The Organized Crime & Corruption Project.


  • Yaya J. Fanusie

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Yaya J. Fanusie is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) where his research focuses on crypto, blockchain, and central bank digital currenc...