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19-year-old Ukrainian politician reports crypto holdings of $24M in Monero

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A newly appointed official in Ukraine has formally declared his cryptocurrency holdings, together with a big quantity of privacy-focused cryptocurrency Monero (XMR).

Rostyslav Solod, a 19-year-old deputy of the Kramatorsk regional division and the son of Ukrainian politicians Natalia Korolevska and Yuriy Solod, reported holdings of 185,000 XMR, price about $24.5 million at publishing time.

In accordance with a declaration revealed on Dec. 2, Solod turned the proprietor of this Monero fortune again in March 2015, when he was 14 years outdated.

On the time, Monero was buying and selling at round $0.50 per coin, that means that the market worth for this acquisition was round $90,000. In accordance with the declaration, this acquisition price Solod’s household 1.6 million hryvnias (about $65,000, in keeping with the exchange rate in March 2015). The declaration signifies Solod’s Monero holdings as property.

In March 2020, the Ukrainian Nationwide Company on Corruption Prevention released a set of guidelines for officers to report their crypto holdings. Public officers ought to disclose the title of the property, the acquisition date, the amount and the general worth of the crypto on the final day of the reporting interval.

Nevertheless, in keeping with Michael Chobanian, a serious crypto advocate in Ukraine, these current necessities are poorly enforced. He advised Cointelegraph:

“Proper now there isn’t any penalty for not offering the right data within the declaration and […] they’ll simply write something. And no official authorities group has the instruments or abilities or skill to test how a lot crypto you might have or whether or not you even have it.”

Chobanian additional recommended that some officers might declare to personal crypto to be able to conceal unlawful property. “You possibly can even in all probability declare 100 million BTC, as a result of nobody would perceive and test,” he stated.