De-Dollarization: Russia Removing All US Dollar Assets From Its $600 Billion National Wealth Fund

Kalashnikov Eyes Digital Ruble Settlements as Russia Aims to Replace ‘Dirty Money’

Religious Ban on Cryptocurrencies Provokes Social Media Reproach in Ingushetia

Whistleblower Edward Snowden Says $6 Trillion in Stimulus Is ‘Good for Bitcoin’

The infamous whistleblower and privacy activist Edward Snowden commented on bitcoin on Friday, after the Biden administration said this week it was shooting for 6 trillion dollars in stimulus proposals. Following the $6 trillion in stimulus headlines, Snowden commented on the situation and said it was “good for bitcoin.†Edward Snowden Jabs Biden’s 6 Trillion-Dollar […]

Russian Lawmakers Move to Allow Crypto Payments Under Contracts

Members of the State Duma are now working on amendments that will permit the use of cryptocurrency as a contractual means of payment. Digital financial assets are regarded as property under Russian law and the changes will legalize crypto payments between parties to a contract. State Duma to Amend Civil Code to Legalize Contractual Crypto […]

Best Goal Scorer at Euro Soccer Championship to Get NFT Trophy From Gazprom

The player with the best goal at Europe’s international soccer championship this summer will be awarded a special prize. European football’s governing body, UEFA, and the tournament’s sponsor, Russia’s Gazprom, are behind the initiative to present the winner with an NFT trophy. UEFA, Gazprom to Award Best Goal Prize at Euro 2020 The unique prize […]

Religious Ban on Cryptocurrencies Provokes Social Media Reproach in Ingushetia

A decision by a prominent religious body in Ingushetia to prohibit dealings with cryptocurrency has sparked controversy in the predominantly Muslim Russian republic. Critics have taken to social media to express their disagreements with the ban, pointing out that the treatment of bitcoin in Islamic jurisdictions is not one-sided. Islamic Cleric Explains Reasoning Behind Crypto […]

Whistleblower Edward Snowden Says $6 Trillion in Stimulus Is ‘Good for Bitcoin’

The infamous whistleblower and privacy activist Edward Snowden commented on bitcoin on Friday, after the Biden administration said this week it was shooting for 6 trillion dollars in stimulus proposals. Following the $6 trillion in stimulus headlines, Snowden commented on the situation and said it was “good for bitcoin.†Edward Snowden Jabs Biden’s 6 Trillion-Dollar […]

Russian Lawmakers Move to Allow Crypto Payments Under Contracts

Members of the State Duma are now working on amendments that will permit the use of cryptocurrency as a contractual means of payment. Digital financial assets are regarded as property under Russian law and the changes will legalize crypto payments between parties to a contract. State Duma to Amend Civil Code to Legalize Contractual Crypto […]

Best Goal Scorer at Euro Soccer Championship to Get NFT Trophy From Gazprom

The player with the best goal at Europe’s international soccer championship this summer will be awarded a special prize. European football’s governing body, UEFA, and the tournament’s sponsor, Russia’s Gazprom, are behind the initiative to present the winner with an NFT trophy. UEFA, Gazprom to Award Best Goal Prize at Euro 2020 The unique prize […]

France Rejects Russian Request to Extradite BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik

Judicial authorities in France have refused to grant the extradition request filed by Russia for Alexander Vinnik. According to the Russian Ombudsman, Vinnik is now ready to start a new hunger strike despite his health deteriorating after spending almost four years in detention. Court Case Against Vinnik Continues in France The operator of the infamous […]

Bank of Russia to Launch Digital Ruble Prototype by End of Year

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) is preparing to release a digital prototype of the national fiat towards the end of 2021, a high-ranking official has confirmed. Transfers between private individuals will be free of charge with the digital ruble, which is going to have legal tender status on par with Russia’s traditional currency. Bank […]

Election Candidates in Russia to Disclose Crypto Investments, New Bill Suggests

A new bill obliging candidates running for election in Russia to declare their spending on digital assets has hit the floor of the State Duma. According to the draft, Russian politicians will be required to disclose details about every crypto purchase they and their families make, if the total exceeds a certain amount. Candidates to […]

Bank of Russia Tests Services Related to Cryptocurrencies

Russia’s central bank has examined three platforms offering crypto-related services. The projects have been tested in its regulatory sandbox in the course of 2020. Bank of Russia has received dozens of requests to pilot various financial services since it created the closed regulatory environment around three years ago. CBR Pilots 3 Crypto Projects in 2020 […]

Russian Media Outlet Asks for Crypto Donations After Being Labeled ‘Foreign Agents’ by the Kremlin

Russian authorities have recently labeled one of the leading independent media outlets in the country as a “foreign agent.†Such a maneuver led Meduza to set up a fiat and crypto fundraiser to survive the consequences of labeling. Fund Will Accept Donations in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Binance Coin According to an editorial statement published by […]

Survey: 14% of Russians Think Cryptocurrencies Will Oust Fiat in 10 Years

A new survey revealed the different stances of Russians toward cryptocurrencies and fiat currency. Specifically, some of the respondents believe digital assets will replace fiat in ten years. Residents in Moscow Believe Cryptos Will Replace Fiat, While Others Are Skeptical According to Nord News, the research was conducted by Otkritie Bank, a Moscow-based financial institution […]

Bitriver to Sell Tokens Backed by 100 Megawatts of Low-Carbon Siberian Mining Power

On April 12, the international provider of colocation services for low-carbon cryptocurrency mining Bitriver announced it is launching a pre-sale of tokens backed by 100 megawatts (MW) of mining power in Siberia. The ERC20 tokens called “bitriver token (BTR)†will represent a single watt-hour (Wh) of Bitriver’s power in Bratsk. A Low-Carbon Crypto Mining Token […]

Putin Asks Russian Attorney General Office to Combat Illegal Cross-Border Crypto Transfers

The Russian President held a meeting with the attorney general’s office where cryptocurrencies came to the discussion table. Vladimir Putin raised red flags toward taking measures to prevent illegal activities on cross-border transfers with cryptos. Putin Calls Other Offices to Join the Fight Against the Usage of Cryptos for Illicit Purposes According to a transcript […]

Belarus President Calls to Increase Regulation on Cryptocurrencies, Citing ‘China’s Experience’

The Belarusian president held a meeting over the week where he mentioned cryptocurrencies within the context of regulating the IT industry. Alexander Lukashenko hinted at tightening the regulatory framework to control crypto usage in Belarus. Lukashenko Seeks to Create a Unified Governmental Regulatory Body According to news agency Belta, Lukashenko met with senior government officials […]

The Congolese Mountain of Gold: Surprise Discovery in Africa Shows Metal’s Scarcity Is Hard to Prove

A myriad of gold bugs like to compliment the yellow precious metal for its ostensible scarcity, as estimates say only 2,500 to 3,000 tons of new gold is produced annually. While new gold discoveries have seemingly slowed, investigative studies also show that in some areas, gold is being smuggled into the economy by the ton, […]

Russian Court Orders Mining Firm Cryptouniverse to Face New Trial on Fraud

A major Russian mining firm is facing legal troubles in St. Petersburg, as three individuals are accusing the company of fraud. Cryptouniverse will now face a trial after a city court issued a criminal case order during the week. A District Court Rejected to Launch a Criminal Case Against the Firm in 2020 According to […]

Russian Crypto Mining Companies Are Expanding Capacity as the Country Becomes a ‘Preferred Hotspot’

Crypto mining operations have been witnessing some changes within the industry in terms of locations. A recent interview with the CEO of the mining giant Bitriver, revealed that Russia is becoming a preferred hotspot for crypto miners. Russian Mining Giant to Build Two Additional Facilities to Cope With the High Demand According to Igor Runets, […]

Russian Crypto Mining Companies Are Expanding Capacity as the Country Becomes a ‘Preferred Hotspot’

Crypto mining operations have been witnessing some changes within the industry in terms of locations. A recent interview with the CEO of the mining giant Bitriver, revealed that Russia is becoming a preferred hotspot for crypto miners. Russian Mining Giant to Build Two Additional Facilities to Cope With the High Demand According to Igor Runets, […]

Massive 70 MW Bitcoin Mining Rig Shipped to Russia

Big moves are happening within the bitcoin mining industry in Russia. An unnamed miner sent what seems to be the largest single batch of mining equipment to the country. Delivery Took Place at the End of 2020 According to Kommersant, the unknown miner shipped almost 20,000 devices on 14 trucks, which have a total power […]

The Many Facts Pointing to Chainlink’s Sergey Nazarov Being Satoshi Nakamoto

During the last few years, smart contracts and blockchain oracles have transformed the crypto industry, and one specific project called Chainlink is the most widely used oracle network to-date. Another interesting thing about Chainlink is the project’s creator, Sergey Nazarov has been a Satoshi Nakamoto suspect in recent times. Last year, a number of reports […]

The Many Facts Pointing to Chainlink’s Sergey Nazarov Being Satoshi Nakamoto

During the last few years, smart contracts and blockchain oracles have transformed the crypto industry, and one specific project called Chainlink is the most widely used oracle network to-date. Another interesting thing about Chainlink is the project’s creator, Sergey Nazarov has been a Satoshi Nakamoto suspect in recent times. Last year, a number of reports […]

Expert warns Hackers are Targeting Russian Government’s IT Infrastructure to Mine Cryptocurrencies

A state-affiliate cybersecurity expert warned about hackers exploiting the Russian government’s IT facilities to mine cryptocurrencies. The deputy director of the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents believes such threat actors have been very active in recent times. Global Cybersecurity Landscape Remains ‘Tense’ According to TASS, Nikolai Murashov pointed out that hackers managed to inject […]

Former UK Cyber Intelligence Official Pushes for Law Change to Stop Bitcoin Ransomware Payments

A former U.K. cybersecurity chief has raised concerns that ransomware incidents are close to “getting out of control.†Ciaran Martin has also called for laws to prevent people from paying bitcoin to cybercriminals. Former Official Claims Most of the Cybercriminals Are Based in Russia During an interview with The Guardian, Martin, who was the head […]

A Russian Operation Is Mining Bitcoin in the Arctic Circle for Cheap Electricity

A Russian company is leveraging the Siberian city of Norilsk located above the Arctic Circle in order to mine bitcoins. Bitcluster, the owner of the crypto mining operation, plans to expand the firm’s activities after launching the facility in late 2020. According to the company’s website, the datacenter is getting electricity rates as low as […]

Russian Oil Giant Provides Excess Gas to Operations Powering Bitcoin Mining Devices

The firm Gazpromneft, an oil subsidiary of the Russian natural gas and global energy company Gazprom, is giving bitcoin mining operations the chance to power operations by using excess gas for electricity. The Russian firm has allowed a small mining operation to benefit from the excess gas by mining bitcoin on-site at the oil field. […]

Russian Oil Drilling Giant Opens a Crypto Mining Farm Run on Gas Energy

Gazpromneft, the oil subsidiary of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, is getting into a different kind of exploration.  The company opened a venue for cryptocurrency mining on one of its oil drilling sites in Siberia, unlocking the power of Russia’s oil and gas resources for the needs of bitcoin mining. Gazprom, a company that counts […]

Digital Currencies Could Outshine SWIFT System, Says Central Bank of Russia’s Deputy Governor

The first deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has been vocal in a recent online meeting, reported by Russia Today (RT), about the topic of digital currencies challenging the SWIFT international payments system and make it redundant. Digital Currencies Could Challenge SWIFT System, Even Replace It According to Olga Skorobogatova, the development […]

Major Producer Nornickel Issues Its First Metal Contract-Backed Digital Coins

One of the world’s biggest palladium producers, based in Russia, announced that it’s starting the first stage of issuing blockchain-powered tokens to its industrial partners Traxys and Umicore. Palladium Producer Giant Issues Its First Blockchain-Powered Tokens According to the announcement, Norilsk Nickel (known as Nornickel) said the issuance of the digital coins involves metal contracts, […]

Bank of Russia Chair: Digital Ruble Is No Threat to Banks

The Bank of Russia doesn’t believe a digital ruble will hurt its banks. Earlier this month, Russian banks warned the Bank of Russia that the digital ruble under discussion might weaken them if people pull their funds to rush into the new system. Introducing the digital ruble into Russia’s financial system might cost the country’s […]

Massive Fake Celebrity-Endorsed Bitcoin Investment Campaign Duping Google, Facebook Traced to Moscow

A massive bitcoin ad scam campaign — which features celebrities and mainly targeted Australians — has been traced. The investigation’s findings point to a “highly organized†global business that relies on five addresses in Moscow’s center. Massive Bitcoin Ad Scam Campaign Traced to Russia According to The Guardian, the scam campaign’s magnitude has made it […]

Massive Fake Celebrity-Endorsed Bitcoin Investment Campaign Duping Google, Facebook Traced to Moscow

A massive bitcoin ad scam campaign — which features celebrities and mainly targeted Australians — has been traced. The investigation’s findings point to a “highly organized†global business that relies on five addresses in Moscow’s center. Massive Bitcoin Ad Scam Campaign Traced to Russia According to The Guardian, the scam campaign’s magnitude has made it […]

Bitcoin Scam Using Unauthorized Celebrity Images in Ads Traced to Moscow: Report

A fraudulent bitcoin advertising scheme that attracted thousand of victims with unauthorized celebrity images has been traced back to Russia, according to The Guardian. An investigation from the Australian arm of the newspaper, published Sunday, traced the scam back to five names and addresses in Moscow, alleging the people had registered hundreds of websites used […]

P2P Bitcoin Trading: Venezuela, Colombia Account for Over 23% of Total Localbitcoins Volume

A study revealed a rising trend in bitcoin (btc) volume trading across Latin America amid the coronavirus pandemic and rising inflation, pushing the figures to record highs and putting Venezuela and Colombia at the top of the ranking. Latin America Sees a Bullish Trend in Bitcoin P2P Trading Volume According to Localbitcoins, a peer-to-peer (P2P) […]

Russia’s Crypto Community Fears Digital Ruble Plan Means ‘Back to USSR’

The Russian cryptocurrency and blockchain association known as RAKIB warned the country’s central bank against making its future central bank digital currency too centralized. RAKIB sent a letter to Bank of Russia Chairwoman Elvira Nabiullina saying the potential design for the “digital ruble†favored by the regulator will return the Russian economy to the Soviet […]

Ruble or Rubble? Russian Institutions Have Concerns About Proposed CBDC

Russia is seriously considering whether or not it should launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The Bank of Russia has started a series of consultations dedicated to the potential launch of the digital ruble, a CBDC pegged to the Russian ruble. The central bank has not yet decided if it wants to actually launch […]

Bank of Russia Fields Banking Industry Concerns Over Digital Ruble Proposal

The deputy chairwoman of the Bank of Russia, Olga Skorobogatova, met with representatives of several major banks Thursday, seeking early feedback on the concept of a digital ruble. According to Russian newspaper Kommersant, the bankers were chiefly concerned over how centralized the digital currency system, currently under consideration, might be if launched. The event included […]

Russian Prime Minister Pledges to ‘Civilize’ Crypto Market and Prevent Scams

Mikhail Mishustin, the Russian prime minister, raised the subject of cryptocurrencies and the need to protect users during the government session on Thursday, according to a transcript. Acknowledging the growing interest in this “relatively new tool,†Mishustin said the government plans to lead the cryptocurrency market’s development in a “civilized direction†so users can better […]