US, EU Seize Crypto Exchange Used by Russian Criminals

Police in the United States and in the EU arrested five people and seized their globally operating Hong Kong-registered cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlato because it allegedly facilitated the laundering of large sums of illicit profits and converted them into Russian rubles, a Europol statement said on Monday.

Kyrgyzstan Wants to Permanently Ban Kyrgyz Service of RFE/RL

Kyrgyz authorities asked a court on Monday to permanently ban Radio Azattyk, the Kyrgyz service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, from the country because the outlet’s description of the Kyrgyz-Tajik conflict is not in line with the government’s narrative.

Prominent Pakistani Lawyer Killed

A prominent Pakistani lawyer and a renowned human rights activist was shot dead by his colleague inside the high court in the north-western city of Peshawar. Police said the assassin believed the victim was involved in the murder of his father.

Canada Charges 3 Linked to $149M Cocaine Bust

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) charged Wednesday three suspected members of a transnational drug trafficking ring linked to a 2022 seizure of 1.5 tonnes of cocaine worth just under CDN$200 million (US$149 million).