According to research by the Centre for Information Resilience, Aleksey Muratov, the creator of Prizm, is linked to the separatist in Donetsk, Ukraine.
The Center for Information Resilience is described on its website as
an independent, non-profit social company committed to uncovering human rights violations, addressing online behavior detrimental to women and minorities, and refuting misinformation.
The Separatist’s Guide to Avoiding Sanctions, a study published on April 5th, examines Prizm’s connections to finance for the Donetsk separatist movement.
Aleksey Muratov launched the MLM cryptocurrency Ponzi scam called Prizm (aka Alexei Muratov, right).
Muratov has a lengthy history of Ponzi schemes. He was a well-known figure in MMM Global, which replaced one of the biggest Ponzi scams in Russia.
According to CIR, former Russian lawmaker Muratov presently
a position of authority in the rebel Donetsk People’s Republic, located in eastern Ukraine.
The DNR, commonly referred to as the DPR, was established in 2014. It is an independent country in eastern Ukraine with support from Russia. The DPR is viewed as an occupying terrorist group by the Ukrainian government.
There are several links between the DPR and the MMM Global Ponzi scam.
Denis Pushilin, the current DPR leader, formerly served as a “Regional Representative” for MMM Global.
Muratov was detained in 2013 in India for operating an MMM Global Ponzi scheme. Uncertainty surrounds Muratov’s circumstances of leaving India.
Muratov founded the “First information Agency” (ервoе инормаионное аентство, commonly known as “1infa”) after his detention, according to CIR.
1Infa created media content in support of the rebels who supported Russia during the time of the crisis in Eastern Ukraine.
This featured consistent positive coverage of Denis Pushilin, a former MMM coworker of Muratov and Kramar who was rising through the ranks of the recently established Donetsk People’s Republic.
Interviews with Muratov and Kramar, who were described as the movement’s “First Deputy Heads,” were also featured.
According to emails stolen and released in 2018, belonging to important Putin ally Vladimir Surkov, Muratov allegedly tried to persuade the Kremlin to consider a plan for a clandestine influence operation to aid in the spread of the war in Eastern Ukraine farther west.
Muratov devised a plan, code-named “Operation Troy,” with a $181,000 budget to pay for protests, bribe Ukrainian intelligence operatives and government officials, and purchase automobiles.
This strategy doesn’t seem to have been carried out. The news organization 1Infa, run by Muratov and Kramar, appears to have ceased operations in 2016.
MMM Global also failed in 2016 when all of this was happening. Another MLM cryptocurrency Ponzi fraud, E-Dinar, was introduced when MMM Global was going down.
Muratov is connected to the infamous OneCoin Ponzi scam and E-Dinar by CIR.
Muratov traveled to Thailand in 2016 and attended the OneCoin business conference in Bangkok, which was a now-famous Ponzi fraud masquerading as a cryptocurrency.
In January 2017, OneCoin’s Ponzi component fell apart. Following a few months, E-Dinar fell apart.
Muratov was included on the US sanctions list in June 2017 as a result of his political misdeeds in Ukraine.
as reported at the time by the US Treasury;
A recognized representative of the so-called “DNR” in Russia is Aleksey Muratov.
It is claimed that just a tiny percentage of the monies raised by him in Russia for disaster help for Donetsk and Luhansk made it to the targeted recipients.
In addition to engaging or appearing to act for or on behalf of the DNR, directly or indirectly, Muratov is being accused of being responsible for, complicit in, or having participated in activities or policies that undermine the peace, security, stability, or territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Muratov registered “Prizm. club,” the original domain name for Prizm’s website, after E-Dinar failed, in May 2017. Shortly after, the Ponzi scam started.
Prizm’s PZM was a standard pump-and-dump Ponzi scheme:
Midway through 2021, the PZM flatlines and Roy Club begins to grow.
Muratov has introduced Roy Club, another MLM cryptocurrency Ponzi. Although it first appeared in late 2018, it didn’t take off until mid-2021.
Although the links supplied to show that I have followed the MLM sides of MMM Global, Prizm, and Roy Club throughout the years, I was unaware of Muratov’s political affiliations.
Here is where Roy Club and Prizm are right now before we discuss what happened following it:
Muratov destroyed Prizm by collapsing what was left of it in the middle of 2021.
Since late 2021, Roy Club’s website traffic has plummeted; it has probably also dissolved.
Prizm received some bullshit blockchain bro prize in Sochi, Russia, in December 2017. Muratov stayed away from the gathering. Alexander Lavrentyev, Prizm’s “Director for Infrastructure and Development,” was instead dispatched.
Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the first Head of State of the DPR and the forerunner of Denis Pushilin, was assassinated, and Lavrentyev had ties to that crime.
Lavrentyev is not an authority on cryptocurrencies. He is tight with Denis Pushilin, the DNR’s current leader, and is arguably most known for being seen on camera in June 2018 in Turkey contemplating the killing of the DNR’s previous leader, Aleksandr Zakharchenko.
In August 2018, Zakharchenko perished in a bombing that targeted a café. A week later, Pushilin assumed temporary control of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, elevating his supporters Muratov and Lavrentyev in the process.
Muratov and pals rug withdrew PZM in the middle of 2019, even though it wouldn’t plateau until mid-2020.
This happened at the same time as Ouroboros’ debut. Muratov delegated Lavrentyev the reins of his new Ponzi scheme rather than fronting it himself, most likely because of US sanctions.
The beginning of Ouroboros was more of the same. An MLM cryptocurrency Ponzi centered on the shitcoin OURO. However, with time, Ouroboros transformed into a Ponzi shitcoin factory through Blockchain Technology LLC.
Sputnik (SPT) and Karaganda (KRG) Ponzi coins were introduced by Blockchain Technology LLC after being formed by Lavrentyev in Russia in February 2020.
Incorporated into Blockchain Technology LLC was Ouroboros. The Ponzi token manufacturing is operated by related Android and iOS applications.
To explain recent advances with Ouroboros and Blockchain Technology’s other projects, Lavrentyev himself did several live streams on the Blockchain Technology Youtube channel in 2020 and 2021.
He makes mention of his previous work with Prizm in a few of these films, reiterating the connections between Prizm and Ouroboros.
These live streams appear to primarily be an effort to convince worried investors that they would receive a return on the money they have invested in Ouroboros and other Blockchain Technology initiatives while also enticing them to support the growth of investment in such projects.
Withdrawals from the internal exchange of Ouroboros are no longer possible as of April 2022.
The marketing materials for Ouroboros highlight its security as an important characteristic.
However, according to a message on an unnamed Telegram channel situated in Donetsk, Muratov and Lavrentyev are actually in possession of all user cash kept in Ouro Wallets and are capable of exchanging and withdrawing the assets in Bitcoin.
An evident exit scam should be easy to see for anybody who has even a little familiarity with MLM cryptocurrency Ponzi schemes.
Finally, CIR asserts that Muratov’s MLM Ponzi schemes are essentially an effort to circumvent penalties.
The connections between Muratov and the DNR… raise the issue of breaking sanctions.
Financial dealings with the DNR are prohibited in the US and many other countries across the world, while Muratov is personally subject to OFAC sanctions in the US (which he has said are an effort to prevent him from promoting Prizm and freeing the world from US financial supremacy).
Despite this, Muratov has been permitted for years to freely advertise his financial plan, Prizm, across all of the main US social media sites.
The government in the self-declared DNR is illegally occupying Ukrainian territory.
It has been charged with violating human rights while continuing an armed war that has so far killed an estimated 14,000 deaths.
It is now being used by Russia as a cover for a more extensive and overt invasion of Ukraine, and it might act as a launchpad for a larger-scale Russian offensive against eastern Ukraine regions that are already under Russian control.
How much money has been sent to people in the DNR via the Prizm and Ouroboros cryptocurrency scams is difficult to estimate based on open sources, and may eventually prove to be impossible.
It is particularly challenging to follow fiat exchange rates over time since a large portion of this money has passed via payment systems that are under the control of the scheme operators.
However, further research into bitcoin transactions is still needed to provide more information on the money flows from these initiatives.
Prizm, Ouroboros, and their linked initiatives are making enough money to justify the considerable time and money investments made by Alexey Muratov, Alexander Lavrentyev, and his collaborators to maintain these activities over a long period.
Where the money went next, whether it went into Muratov and Lavrentyev’s accounts or to other DNR leaders, is less clear.
The investigation’s results shed light on several concerns. One is how simple it is for US-approved persons like Muratov to advertise financial plans and raise funds on well-known social media sites hosted in the US.
Muratov has publicly discussed using bitcoins to get around sanctions.
The effective advertising of Prizm on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other US-based social media platforms raises concerns about whether or not such businesses should be held accountable for the financial schemes promoted on their platforms by detained people or armed organizations.
Another problem is that Lavrentyev’s involvement in several applications was not sufficiently concealed thanks to Blockchain Technology, which was able to get them all into the Apple and Android app stores.
What standard of care should be anticipated from Apple and Google regarding their app stores?
Those who have trusted their money to these frauds may suffer the greatest immediate harm from them.
Prizm and, to a lesser extent, Ouroboros has many structural similarities with the MMM Ponzi scam.
Such scams harm people’s lives all across the world by preying on their dreams, stealing their cash, and exploiting them.
Another type of fraud that cryptocurrencies in general exist to enable is the use of money to evade sanctions.
Of all, there are just as many levels of fraud occurring with cryptocurrencies as there are with money. The difference may be seen with only a small amount of regulation and police.
I’m at a loss for responses to that. In terms of the MLM sector, I eagerly anticipate the day when cryptocurrencies are either made illegal or the regulatory environment catches up.
After NFTs, MLM crypto dudes seem to have run out of buzzwords to use when launching “come invest in my shitcoin so I can take your money” scams. Although I’m certain that fresh rubbish will soon be available to cling upon.
MLM crypto Ponzis are heavily promoted on social media by “I’M nOt A fInAnCiAl AdViSoR” crooks.
It would be quickly removed if I posted a video of me stealing a bank on Facebook or YouTube. So why is MLM (and general) Ponzi scheme advertising so prevalent?
Legislation must be passed to solve this if it’s because it’s far simpler to pinpoint the crime of stealing a bank than it is to dismantle a Ponzi scheme.
Unfortunately, these improvements will take decades to develop. I’m not sure where that leaves us in the meantime given how quickly criminals can launch MLM cryptocurrency Ponzi schemes.
The Director of the DOJ’s new National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team was chosen earlier this year. Although nothing has yet resulted from it, it is still extremely early.
Returning to Aleksey Muratov and his MLM crypto Ponzi enterprise, Muratov issued a manifesto during the MMM Global fraud.
Muratov states in it that he
learned that the prospect of a third global war being started by multinational businesses, not a national notion by the Ukrainian people, was the true cause of that crisis [in Eastern Ukraine].
This would hinder Russia from developing further and from emerging as a new superpower.
Here at BehindMLM, the Russian/Ukrainian Boris CEO Ponzi has taken on a life of its own. It’s difficult to resist laughing at the shoddy craftsmanship and wondering to whom these frauds are being marketed.
this is who;
Jennifer Glukhova née Menezes (previously an MMM promoter in India, presenter at Prizm’s 2020 conference in St. Petersburg, and “citizen” of the DNR) described how Prizm targets populations who often do not have access to the internet:
“Networking is quite different in India because just 34% of people there utilize the internet… Many questions were raised, such as: “How do we believe in this?” The network functions in a way where leaders assume responsibility for the community since there is a big leader in place.
Imagine that I’m from the village to understand what occurs. I know how to use the internet, so when my friends come to me, they say, “Okay, just take my money and do whatever you want.” In India, networking operates just like this. There is a great deal of faith in people.
A fucking phone, here. Stupid video, watch it. What a gleaming workplace, holy crap. I need money. I’m sorry and goodbye.
Of course, not every Boris plan involves sponsoring terrorists in Ukraine through proxies. Ironically, Muratov has fronted his MLM crypto Ponzis with the possible exception of Blockchain Technology LLC.
But you have to question where all of this money goes in a market where everything is smoke and mirrors. Sanctions are present everywhere.
What better way to avoid them than by using push-button MLM crypto Ponzis, which can be shut down and restarted just like a regular computer?
In his most recent speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky focused on what appeared to be a Russian threat to deploy chemical weapons on the surviving Mariupol defenders as they get ready for what he called a “new stage of horror against Ukraine.”
Eduard Basurin, a spokesperson for the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, which enjoys Kremlin support, declared on Russian television that Russia should send in “chemical forces” to use in Mariupol, the besieged southern city, before Mr. Zelensky’s remarks.
He declared that Russia should encircle Mariupol and “smoke out the moles” since the last of the Ukrainian soldiers there were entrenched at a steel mill.
We take this as seriously as we can, Mr. Zelensky remarked in his most recent video address about such comments.
This is what greed costs. The following time someone on social media tries to con you into signing up for something, remember that.
Updated on May 17, 2022 – The Ponzi schemes Roy Club and Prizm have both failed.