Venezuela Turns Tax Revenues into Bitcoin to Bypass Sanctions
The government of Venezuela has allegedly been spinning airport tax revenues into Bitcoin (BTC) and virtual currency to sidestep international sanctions. From the research made by a Spanish newspaper ABC, the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro plus his working admin are allegedly exploiting a virtual currency wallet application to spin tax revenue into popular digital assets, and then traded on cryptocurrency exchanges in different countries including China, Iran, Hungary, Russia, etc.
Nicolas Maduro Forces Banco de Venezuela to Accept Petro
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, issued an order to Banco de Venezuela (BDV), a global financial institution based in Caracas, to begin accepting the Petro (PTR), the country’s popular oil-backed digital currency. Through the Minister of Finance, the President told the country’s third market leader with a market share for deposits of more than 11.2%, to begin allowing Petro cryptocurrency in all of its functioning branches.
16 Cryptocurrency Exchanges have Obtained a License in Venezuela
As the pre-sale period for the country’s digital currency Petro finished, the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro has announced the project collected more than 3 billion dollars. He has also certified 16 crypto exchanges, hoping they will add the Petro to their trading lists.
Bitcoin Miners Steal Electricity in Venezuela
Four people have been arrested in Venezuela for using the country’s electricity illegally by mining Bitcoins. Bitcoin mining is a very power-intensive activity consuming many units of electricity a day. Implying that if unpaid electricity is used, within just a few weeks, millions of dollars in power revenue could be lost.