Eastern Europe's sixth-largest crypto service is a darknet market

Eastern Europe's sixth-largest crypto service is a darknet market


Blockchain forensics firm Chainalysis has found that darknet markets exert a disproportionate presence in Eastern Europe’s crypto sector.

In an excerpt from Chainalysis’ 2020 Geography of Cryptocurrency Report, the firm asserts that Eastern Europe is responsible for “more global darknet market activity than any other region,” with the anonymous free market Hydra comprising the region’s sixth-largest crypto service.

Regional shares of global darknet market transfer volume: Chainalysis

The report estimates that Hydra generated more than $1.2 billion in crypto revenue between June 2019 and July 2020. The platform is among the world’s largest darknet marketplaces despite solely servicing the Eastern Europe.

Chainalysis estimates that 1.4% of Eastern Europe’s $41 billion 12-month crypto volume is sent to illicit entities. In percentage terms that’s slightly behind Latin America — where 1.6% of total transfer volume is destined for illegal platforms — however the total volume in Latin America is substantially smaller..

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