Category: Russia

Alexander Vinnik Accused of Laundering Billions Through BTC-e Extradited to France

Russian Alexander Vinnik Accused of Laundering Billions Through BTC-e Extradited to FranceAlexander Vinnik, the Russian-born IT specialist who spent over two years in detention in Greece, where he was arrested on a U.S. warrant, is now in Paris. The alleged BTC-e operator, suspected of laundering at least $4 billion through the now defunct crypto exchange, has been handed over to France after the Greek judiciary turned […]

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Regulatory Roundup: New US Crypto Tax Bill, Central Banks Join Forces on Digital Currencies

Regulatory Roundup: New US Crypto Tax Bill, Central Banks Join Forces on Digital CurrenciesIn this roundup, we cover an exceptionally busy week for crypto regulations around the globe. We start our coverage with the U.S. Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act of 2020, actions by the SEC, Ripple’s lawsuit, India’s supreme court hearings, Australia green-lighting a bitcoin retail fund, Thailand approving a new crypto exchange, and new crypto guidelines […]

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Russia’s New Prime Minister Has an Opinion of Cryptocurrencies

Russia’s New Prime Minister Has His Opinion on CryptocurrenciesThe Russian Federation has a new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, with a track record of statements regarding cryptocurrencies and an affection for digitalization. A stated goal of his government will be to turn the country into a digital platform “for the people.” Time will tell, however, whether his plan encompasses the legal use of decentralized […]

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Direct Democracy Party to Solve Issues With Crypto Rights in Russia

Direct Democracy Party to Solve Pending Issues With Crypto Rights in RussiaA new political force is being born in Russia out of the country’s tech business circles. The idea has been conceived by representatives of the country’s growing digital economy sector who want to embark on finding solutions to numerous issues that concern the crypto space. Also read: Eastern Europe Sees More Fiat Options for Trading […]

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Eastern Europe Sees More Fiat Options for Trading Crypto

Eastern Europe Sees More Options to Trade Crypto in Local FiatThe countries of Central and Eastern Europe, a diverse region sometimes referred to as the ‘Second World,’ are at different stages of their economic development and political integration with the EU or other supranational organizations. Having less established traditional sectors, looser regulations and weaker associations creates better conditions for new industries to develop there. Along […]

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Regulatory Roundup: China Blockchain ETF, France New Crypto Rules, Tokens Like Money in Russia

Regulatory Roundup: China Blockchain ETF, France New Crypto Rules, Tokens Like Money in RussiaIn this roundup, we cover Russia’s supreme court recognizing tokens as assets like money and property, France’s new crypto regulatory framework, and several industry developments in China, including a blockchain ETF filing. We also cover Japan’s world conference for decentralized financial governance, Uzbekistan’s crypto ban, and four countries’ central bank digital currency updates. Also read: […]

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Crypto’s Counterpunch to U.S. Hegemony and Empire

Crypto’s Counterpunch to U.S. Hegemony and Empire“The Muslim world should be designing measures to save themselves from the domination of the United States dollar and the American financial regime.” —Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran Also Read: Crypto Confronts Social Justice Warriors Hegemony and Muslim Resistance Hegemony refers to the leadership or dominance of one country or group over others. A nation […]

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Russia’s Supreme Court Recognizes Tokens as Assets Like Money and Property

Russia’s Supreme Court Recognizes Tokens as Assets Like Money and PropertyA phenomenon like bitcoin can gain recognition, including regulatory, in many different and often unexpected ways. Governments that hesitate to accept cryptocurrencies as legal tender, sometimes validate their existence indirectly and even acknowledge they can be used for payments. Taxing crypto incomes and profits is one such example. Russia has just provided another one by […]

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Greek Court Suspends Decision to Extradite Alexander Vinnik

Greek Court Suspends Decision to Extradite Alexander VinnikThe Supreme Administrative Court of Greece has suspended a decision to extradite the alleged BTC-e operator Alexander Vinnik. The temporary measure has been imposed to allow the review of an appeal against the extradition. The Russian national, accused of laundering billions of dollars through the now defunct cryptocurrency exchange, started a new hunger strike last […]

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Utorg Exchange Grants Access to Traders With Limited Verification

Crypto Exchange Utorg Provides Traders With Limited Verification AccessUtorg.io is a digital asset exchange based in the U.K. that allows users in Europe and around the world to trade cryptocurrencies with stablecoins and fiat money. What sets the new platform apart from many incumbents is the simplified verification procedure for traders who don’t exceed а daily limit of $1,000. Its decision to provide […]

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Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Raises $700,000 in Crypto Donations

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Raises $700,000 in Crypto DonationsAlexei Navalny, Russia’s leading critic of the current Kremlin administration, has attracted a serious amount of cryptocurrency in the form of anonymous donations for his corruption-combatting NGO. The digital coins collected since the beginning of this year have amounted to well over $700,000 at current prices. Also read: Russian Tax Authority Registers Crypto as Part […]

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Russia’s Hydra Darknet Marketplace Plans $146M Token Sale

Russia's Darknet Marketplace Hydra Plans Token Sale for $146MAccording to regional reports, the Russian darknet market Hydra is planning an initial coin offering (ICO) in order to expand the marketplace internationally. The sale is set to start on December 16 and Hydra administrators hope to raise $146 million from the token sale. Also read: Regulatory Roundup – Bitcoin Futures Fund Approved, India’s RBI-Backed […]

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The Demand for Permissionless Freedom Is Just Getting Started

The Demand for Permissionless Freedom Is Just Getting StartedEvery year the world seems to be getting crazier and more people are starting to realize that it stems from oppressive government transgressions against a peaceful society. The world has noticed millions of people from France, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Indonesia and more are rising up because citizens are sick and tired of the manipulation. Because […]

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Turkey Throws Another Wrench Into the USD’s Works and Joins Russian Swift

Turkey Throws Another Wrench Into the Works of the Dollar, Joins Russian SwiftThe dominance of the U.S. dollar as the global reserve currency is being robustly challenged on all fronts. Other geopolitical powers and smaller but important players are unwilling to accept the political influence Washington exerts through its fiat money. And in times of trade wars, sanctions, and even tensions between allies, the push to dethrone […]

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Why Bitcoin Is Better Than Banks: Major Credit Card Breach Exposes 60M Accounts

Why Bitcoin Is Better Than Banks: Major Credit Card Breach Exposes 60M AccountsSberbank, the largest bank in Russia with a regional and global presence, has suffered a major data breach. Personal information belonging to millions of clients is now being sold on the black market. Initial analyses suggest the trove of data for sale is real, highlighting the risks associated with traditional banking. Also read: Turkish Government […]

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Here’s How Belarus Pressures Russia to Legalize Cryptocurrencies

Here’s How Belarus Pressures Russia to Legalize CryptocurrenciesRelations between Belarus and Russia have always been quite complicated. The union the two close allies created has faced all kinds of challenges over its 20 plus years of existence. Now cryptocurrency is becoming a new apple of discord, as Minsk has taken a relatively friendly approach to regulating decentralized assets, while some in Moscow […]

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Russia Regulates Digital Rights, Advances Other Crypto-Related Bills

Russia Regulates Digital Rights, Advances Other Crypto-Related BillsAfter much deliberation in the past months and years, Moscow has recently taken important steps toward regulating the crypto space. These are part of the efforts to open the way for the development of the Russian digital economy. The country, heavily dependent on energy exports and hurt by Western sanctions, needs alternative sources of revenue […]

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Massive Layoffs: Banks Cutting Nearly 60,000 Jobs Worldwide

Massive Layoffs: Banks Cutting Nearly 60,000 Jobs WorldwideBanks are laying off workers across the globe as revenue declines throughout the sector. According to reports, banks have announced nearly 60,000 job cuts so far this year, with most of the layoffs happening in Europe, especially in Germany. Also read: Panic at 137 Bank Branches as RBI Limits Withdrawals to ₹1,000 Almost 60,000 Job […]

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Snowden: US Seizing My Book Revenue is ‘Good for Bitcoin’

Former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) subcontractor Edward Snowden is being sued by the Department of Justice (DoJ) for his latest memoir. The agency won’t stop Metropolitan Books from publishing Snowden’s new book but the government will take the revenue he earns from the memoir instead. Following the book publishing fiasco, Snowden said that the […]

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