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Russia Adopts Law to Isolate Runet From the Internet

Runet, the Russian segment of the internet, is about to be isolated from the rest of the web. A new law adopted by the State Duma aims to do so in order to supposedly protect it from external threats and turn it into a “sovereign” space. Russian taxpayers and

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Regulators Tackle Businesses in Europe’s Crypto-Friendly Nations

There’s a group of countries on the Old Continent that have recognized the potential of the newly forming cryptoconomy. In the past couple of years, nations such as Malta, Switzerland and Estonia have been making efforts to attract businesses from the nascent industry, often rebuffed elsewhere. However, registering and

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Russian Banks Join Chinese Swift – Is the Dollar Era Under Threat?

As a Saudi oil minister once remarked, the Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones. It seems it’s neither the deficit of a tool nor its deficiencies that make it obsolete, but rather the invention of new tools that do the job better. With increasing competition,

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New Crypto-Friendly Banking and Payment Services Launch in the UK and Russia

Two companies from different parts of Europe have recently announced new products that cater to the financial needs of businesses in the crypto industry. The services range from opening bank accounts to providing payment processing solutions. Developers say they will give crypto companies the peace of mind they need

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US Sanctions Moscow’s Evrofinance Bank Over Involvement With Petro

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has imposed sanctions on Moscow-based Evrofinance Mosnarbank. The Russian bank was allegedly involved in Venezuela’s attempts to bypass financial sanctions using the petro. Also Read: In the Daily: Exchange to List STOs, Crypto Tax Tool for Accountants, Coinbase

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P2P Markets: Russian Localbitcoins Trade Outpaces Venezuela

During the week of March 2, roughly 14,365 BTC changed hands via peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange Localbitcoins, equating to approximately $51.51 million worth of trade. Of that, 3,593 was BTC traded via the Russian markets, 83 percent more volume than was produced by Localbitcoins’ second-largest market, Venezuela. Also Read: Turkish Real

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1.3 Million Leaked Transactions Link Major Banks to $8.8 Billion Money Laundering Scheme

A new set of reports by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, compiled from over 1.3 million leaked transactions from 238,000 companies, have linked many major banks to a scheme to channel billions of dollars out of Russia. The Troika Laundromat is unique in that “it was created

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Kaspersky: Bitcoin Needs Less Government Control and More Collaboration

Russian cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky has said cryptocurrencies can be a success, but only if governments stop trying to control them or alternatively when all countries unite under a single global government. However, the billionaire does not believe Bitcoin will replace the existing financial system despite the currency’s “great”

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Putin’s Order: Russia to Adopt Cryptocurrency Regulation by July This Year

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has instructed his country’s government to adopt federal laws relating to cryptocurrency by July this year. Russia has earlier broadened the definition of “digital financial assets” to include cryptocurrencies. Putin’s latest order resembles one he made regarding crypto regulation last year. Also read: SEC Chair Explains

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BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik Terminates His Hunger Strike

The alleged operator of the infamous BTC-e exchange, Alexander Vinnik, has terminated his hunger strike more than 80 days after he started the protest against his detention in Greece. Vinnik’s condition is serious and he needs specialized medical attention to recuperate. Also read: Cryptocurrency Exchange Exmo Opens Branch in

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