After reportedly being found taking electricity from the subway to mine Bitcoin, the head engineer of a Russian Metro system resigned.
MUP Metroelectrotrans, the corporation in charge of the Kazan Metro in Tatarstan, acknowledged the engineer’s resignation, despite the engineer being accused of stealing thousands of dollars on power.
Prior to his resignation, the Tatarstan Investigative Committee reported that two metro employees were already accused of abuse of office.
The workers are accused of putting digital currency mining equipment at a power substation without permission. According to reports, the mining used $4,700 worth of energy.
Bitcoin mining has recently come under criticism from digital currency opponents who point to the asset’s carbon emission. Furthermore, this is not the first time that workers in Russia have been discovered mining Bitcoin.
Other engineers were also apprehended by the authorities in 2018 for utilizing state-owned infrastructure to mine Bitcoin. Engineers working at a nuclear research center mined Bitcoin with powerful supercomputers.
Russia’s scheme to attract miners
Notwithstanding the unlawful incidents, the Bitcoin mining industry in Russia has lately gained interest. Some groups, in particular, are attempting to recruit miners from other parts of the country. For example, an organization representing digital currency interests plans to introduce a new project to attract miners.
The initiative claims that the Russian Association of Cryptoeconomics, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain (RACIB) has enough resources to oversee Bitcoin mining.
Moreover, as per RACIB, depending on the location, Russia’s excess electricity might be more than 50% of the power station capacity. The firm also intends to make use of the nation’s chilly environment to help cool mining equipment.
The initiatives might be aimed at luring miners from China and other Asian countries. Importantly, the Chinese government has started a ban on Bitcoin mining in previous weeks, pushing most operations to leave.