The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) officers have arrested two men for their alleged involvement in crypto mining operations in Orenburg City for not paying several million kilowatt-hours of electricity consumption. According to reports by local media outlet Lenta.ru, the crypto farm hosted more than 6,000 mining devices.
In the MIA press release, police set off to check the location after a local energy supplier reported considerable power losses originating from the area of an abandoned factory. An inspection within the vicinity resulted in the discovery of more than 6,000 mining devices linked through electrical cables to a neighboring energy substation.
The discovered illegal crypto farm could possibly one of the biggest in Russia as well as Europe. To compare, a published report last year on social media platform, Steemit described a Bitcoin mining farm serving as host to over 3,000 devices as the “the largest” in Russia.
According to Irina Volk, representative of the MIA, the total loss in unpaid electricity from this unauthorized crypto mining operation amounted to more than 8 million kilowatt-hours. In addition, Russia’s ministry officers have filed a criminal case against the two illegal mine operators, who were detained resulting from the raid.
An April 5 report on Coinwire revealed that a Washington state utility has disconnected the energy supply to three “unauthorized” cryptocurrency mining farms situated in the state after posing a risk to public safety.
In another Coinwire report in early March, crypto miners in Russia called unto the international mining community to participate in the ‘Crypto Hour’ by means of turning off their mining devices for one hour in order to draw attention to the Bitcoin network’s growing energy consumption, despite of the fact that some claim that said energy consumption to be a “non-issue.”