The owners were providing paid services to house and power the equipment

Illegal mining farm of almost 1500 devices discovered in Dagestan

14.05.2022 - 11:00

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What’s new? Employees of the Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Security Service have discovered a large illegal mining farm in Makhachkala. Law enforcers seized 1476 cryptocurrency mining devices during searches. This was reported by the TASS agency with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Dagestan.

TASS’s material

Details of the case. Law enforcement agencies reported that the owners provided paid services for the placement, power supply, and security of the mining devices. The investigation will establish the value of the seized equipment, as well as the amount of damage to illegal electricity consumption.

The police are collecting case materials under two articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: Part 2 of Article 171 “illegal entrepreneurship” and Part 2 of Article 165 “causing damage to property by deception or breach of trust.”

What happened before? In April, there was a shooting over ASIC miners in Abkhazia. Two people died while trying to steal cryptocurrency mining equipment.

Earlier, a police officer was detained in the Republic of Khakassia while trying to steal mining equipment worth 550 000 Russian rubles (RUB). According to the investigation, the accused took advantage of operational information about the location of the crypto farm. To steal the mining equipment he involved two local residents.

An energy company sued a resident of the Irkutsk region for organizing a mining farm on his land site. Irkutskenergosbyt demands to recover 28,6 million RUB from the accused for consuming resources on an industrial scale.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) introduced new rules for calculating electricity tariffs for the population and proposed setting a special consumption threshold for miners. Power engineers would calculate the rate of electricity consumption for household needs and set increased tariffs if it was exceeded.

Author:

Vasiliy Smirnov Vasiliy Smirnov

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