Former Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev’s brother Bolat Nazarbayev was among 106 illegal cryptocurrency miners to halt operations in the government’s latest round of inspections, the Financial Monitoring Agency announced on Tuesday.

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  • Kairat Itemgenov, owner of the pharmacy network Europharma and the nation’s 17th richest person according to Forbes’ 2021 rankings, was also associated with illegal cryptocurrency mining businesses.
  • Among the illegal mining farms, 55 of them voluntarily ceased operations, while 51 were shut down by authorities.
  • Some crypto miners were illegally connected to power sources, or evaded taxes and customs duties.
  • Kazakhstan became the world’s second-largest Bitcoin producer last year after miners moved there en masse following China’s mining crackdowns, but unstable power supplies and government crackdowns are triggering a new migration wave.
  • The financial authority said it seized over 67,000 pieces of mining equipment worth more than US$190 million. 

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