Sep 16, 2020
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Hydra’s ‘Complex Drug Delivery System’ in Russia Overshadows Western Darknet Markets

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On September 14, the blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis reported on the infamous Russian darknet marketplace (DNM) known as Hydra and noted the DNM is Eastern Europe’s “sixth-largest service by volume in the region.” Moreover, the report also reveals that Hydra has created a “complex drug delivery system” inside Russia and throughout various countries in Europe as well.

Russia’s Hydra Market: The 6th Largest Crypto Service by Volume in Eastern Europe

At the end of August, the darknet marketplace (DNM) community said goodbye to the Empire Market, which unexpectedly decided to exit scam on August 22. reported on the aftermath and how DNM patrons scrambled to find alternatives.

On Monday, Chainalysis published a report about the cryptocurrency market action in Eastern Europe this year, and the company’s finding touched upon the Russian DNM called Hydra.

The darknet marketplace Hydra was launched in 2015 and it ran alongside the notorious Russian Anonymous Marketplace (RAMP). However, Hydra catered it’s main focus on drugs and RAMP disappeared in late 2017. Reports highlight that after RAMP’s departure, “Hydra witnessed an increase in user registrations and vendor activity.”

The long-standing darknet marketplace, Hydra, is the sixth most popular crypto service in terms of volume in Eastern Europe according to Chainalysis statistics.


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