Jan 19, 2020 at 13:55
Russia Gets a Cryptocurrency Enthusiastic Prime Minister
Recently Russians woke up to the news of a new prime minister following a number of events that saw the government resigning. The new PM, who served as the head of Russian tax services Mikhail Mishustin has supported cryptocurrency for quite some time. The prime ministers vowed to transform the modern blockchain powered state for the benefit of Russians.
Dec 27, 2019 at 11:10
Russia Admits Cryptocurrency can Be Used for Bribes
The Russian Supreme Court has made it clear that “digital rights,” which is a term used to mean coins and tokens in the country’s law, can be used to facilitate illegal activities such as bribes, in the same way as fiat currency, property and other valuable assets are.
Dec 24, 2019 at 15:45
Russia-US War Gets Hotter with Mt. Gox Bitcoin Hacker to be Extradited to France
For over two years now, there has been an ongoing fight between the courts of different countries over the case involving founder of BTC-e Alexander Vinnik from Russia, suspected to have illegally stolen huge sums of Bitcoin (in billions) by Mark Karpeles, the French founder of the collapsed Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox. Now, the case looks to be reaching its end.
Central Bank of Russia to Ban Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency
Last week on Friday, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation made a negative statement against Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies, stating that their fiat currency known as the ruble should be the country’s only legal tender instrument.
Attackers Demand 50 Bitcoin Ransom from Russian Railways
An unidentified message was sent to the Russian Railways intimidating with thrilling violence of bombing stations if a named amount of cryptocurrency in bitcoin worth $642,815 (50 BTC or approx. 30 million rubles) aren’t transferred to them as soon as possible. The event has tempted the country’s police to start the investigation into the matter.
US Files Complaint Against Defunct Cryptocurrency Exchange
US prosecutors recently filed an official complaint against presently-nonoperational cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e and alleged cybercriminal Alexander Vinnik, as per a document filed on Thursday last week in California. Alexander also purportedly holds accounts connected with other major illegal activities, such as the hack of another nonoperational exchange Mt. Gox.
Russian Arms Producers Uses Bitcoin to Circumvent Sanctions
The Russian arms producer, Soyuzmash, seeks to bypass US sanctions using cryptocurrency. The Union of Machine Builders recently requested permission from the Central Bank of Russia to allow it accept payments in Bitcoin for all its activities related to weapons. They believe this will enable them doge the US and other existing international sanctions. Russia is the world’s second main exporter of arms, commanding 21% of the global market, following the US with around 36%.