July 16, 2024


The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has set out to teach law enforcement officers in Uzbekistan how to conduct crypto and dark web investigations. The regional body recently organized a training course for employees of the country’s security agencies in Tashkent.

Uzbekistan Police and Security Agents Attend OSCE Course on Cryptocurrencies

Representatives of Uzbekistan’s Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the State Security Service have taken a training course on cryptocurrency and dark web investigations held by the OSCE between Oct. 17 and 21 in the capital Tashkent.

The course was organized by the OSCE Transnational Threats Department in co-operation with the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan and the Academy of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the intergovernmental security body said on its website.

“Participants learned about the main concepts and key trends in the areas of internetworking, anonymity and encryption, cryptocurrencies, obfuscation techniques, dark web, and Tor networks,” the announcement detailed.

They also practiced various approaches and methods for seizure of crypto assets, blockchain analysis, and darknet searching. The course was based on materials provided by the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG).

A new computer classroom donated by the OSCE to the Prosecutor General’s Academy was inaugurated before the course by Deputy Prosecutor General of Uzbekistan Erkin Yuldashev and Acting OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan Hans-Ulrich Ihm.

Crypto Training in Region to Continue Throughout Next Year

Digital technologies have been transforming the criminal landscape, noted Evgeniy Kolenko who heads the Prosecutor General’s Academy. He insisted that educating law enforcement in this field needs a long-term and systematic approach.

“Cybercrime education requires adequate equipment – both hardware and software,” added Gayrat Musaev, Head of the Academy’s Department for Implementation of Information and Communication Technologies and Information Security. Musaev also praised the new dark web lab.

The OSCE course is the first of this kind in Uzbekistan within the second phase of the “Capacity Building on Combating Cybercrime in Central Asia” project funded by the U.S., Germany, and South Korea. Similar training activities will continue across the region throughout 2022 and 2023.

This year, the government in Tashkent has been taking steps to more comprehensively regulate Uzbekistan’s crypto sector. In the spring, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev issued a decree providing definitions for terms like crypto assets and exchange. New registration rules for crypto miners were presented in June and earlier in October, Uzbekistan introduced monthly fees for crypto companies.

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Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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