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FBI Arrests Russian Rapper For Crypto Money Laundering, Cites Damning Instagram

News United States authorities have arrested a Russian national under allegations of money laundering — using his Instagram that promoted his rap career as evidence against him. Per court filings unsealed on March 30, an FBI investigator alleged that Maksim Boiko laundered money using cryptocurren..

Russia Postpones Its Crypto Law Again, Now Blaming Coronavirus

News After facing multiple delays, the adoption of Russia’s major cryptocurrency law will be postponed again, now due to the coronavirus. Anatoly Aksakov, chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Financial Markets, says that the country’s crypto law — the bill “On Digital Financial Assets” ..

During Coronavirus Pandemic, IRS Cuts Taxpayers Some Much Needed Slack

Expert Take Crypto communities and the United States Internal Revenue Service haven’t exactly had a love fest over the last five years. It started in 2014, when the IRS said crypto was property, and it hasn’t got much better since. In addition to sending those 10,000 “beware” letters and trying to..

Bank of France Launches Experiment Program on Central Bank Digital Currency

News As a number of global jurisdictions like the Bahamas and Sweden are already testing their central bank digital currencies (CBDC), French central bank is getting more straightforward regarding its own CBDC plans. The Bank of France is now officially launching a program of experiments to test t..

Cointelegraph Exclusive: Former CFTC Chair Looks to Digital Dollar Beyond COVID-19 Stimulus

Interview The digital dollar has been the talk of the crypto world this week. Drafts of the COVID-19 stimulus bill first included and then discarded the creation of digital dollar wallets; a digital distribution method that would enable direct aid to citizens. The version of the “Coronavirus Aid,..

Malta Denies Two Crypto Exchanges Have License to Operate

News The Malta Financial Services Authority, or MFSA, has issued an alert on March 25 about two crypto exchanges that do not have licenses to operate, nor are they regulated in the country. COINMALEX and Crypto Foxtrades are the exchanges that the country’s financial watchdog alluded to in the sta..

No Evidence of Crypto-Related Charge in Maduro Drug Cases

Analysis Several Venezuelan leaders recently came under fire for alleged criminal acts, although, contrary to initial impressions, the situation did not directly involve cryptocurrency usage. “Maduro and his co-defendants are not alleged to have been involved with crypto, directly,” Ashok Ayyar, c..

Singapore Grants Crypto License Exemptions to Ripple, Coinbase and Binance

News While Singapore recently adopted specific cryptocurrency legislation — the Payment Services Act (PSA) — in January 2020, it turns out that some crypto firms like Ripple, Coinbase and Binance have been exempt from the law since the beginning of the year. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MA..

WFE Brass Weighs in on Crypto Securities Classification Debate

News Are cryptocurrencies securities or commodities? The World Federation of Exchanges, or WFE, released a document talking cryptocurrency terminology and regulation last week. In conversation with Cointelegraph, WFE Head of Regulatory Affairs, Richard Metcalfe, has added further clarity on the su..

California Governor Namedrops Bitcoin in Speech About ‘Extraordinarily Bad People’

News California Governor Gavin Newsom warned the public against Bitcoin (BTC) fraudsters during his live speech about the coronavirus outbreak. On March 26, Newsom mentioned the leading cryptocurrency as part of his official speech about what measures had been taken by the state to prevent the fur..

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