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Vinnik’s Children File a Complaint About Rights Violation to Greek Court

News The lawyers for Alexander Vinnik, the alleged operator of defunct crypto exchange BTC-e, have filed a complaint alleging violation of Vinnik’s rights. Written on behalf of Vinnik’s young children, the complaint has been filed with a Greek court to prevent the allegedly approaching criminal’s ..

Russia’s New Prime Minister Sets Course for Digital Economy

News The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation has called on the country to prioritize the development of the digital economy. As domestic news outlet RIA Novosti reported on Jan. 16, Mikhail Mishustin — who was confirmed in the position as the Prime Minister earlier today — noted some key prio..

2019 to 2020: Insiders, Outsiders and Experimenters in Crypto Regulation: Part 2

New Year Special This is the second part of a three-part series that covers the regulatory landscape for digital currencies in 2019 and looks at the prospects of 2020. While the first chapter in the series looked at the "Insiders," this installment covers the prospects for the so-called “Outsiders..

Russia’s Central Bank Is Now Testing Real Asset-Pegged Stablecoins

News The Bank of Russia, the country’s central bank, has reportedly started testing stablecoins pegged to real assets in a regulatory sandbox. Elvira Nabiullina, Russia’s central bank head, said that the bank doesn’t assume that those stablecoins will function as a means of payment or become a sub..

Binance Expands Trading for Turkish Lira Trading Pairs

News Binance, the second-largest exchange by daily trading volume, has extended trading capabilities for the Turkish lira (TRY) and added a new trading pair for the lira and the Russian ruble (RUB). Binance users can now trade Tether (USDT) against the Turkish lira (USDT/TRY) and the Russian ruble..

Greek Court Suspends Decision to Extradite Alleged Crypto Criminal

News Greece’s top administrative court has suspended a decision to extradite Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national suspected of laundering of billions of dollars through a cryptocurrency exchange. According to Reuters on Dec. 23, Vinnik’s lawyer said that the decision to extradite is suspended unti..

Russia Is Unhappy About Greece Extraditing Money Launderer Vinnik to France

Russian Embassy is unhappy about Greece again ruling to extradite the alleged $4 billion Bitcoin launderer Alexander Vinnik to France

Alrosa, Tencent, Everledger Bring Diamonds on the Blockchain to WeChat

News The world’s largest diamond mining firm, Russia’s Alrosa, has partnered with Tencent, the operator of Chinese social media app WeChat, on a new blockchain-based e-commerce project. Together with blockchain platform Everledger, Tencent and Alrosa will launch a new diamond-focused retail mini-p..

Crypto Remains Unregulated in Russia — Lots of Talk but No Action

Analysis At the end of November, news surfaced that Russian cryptocurrency users, who have been operating in a regulatory gray zone, could soon be at risk as the nation’s financial authorities reportedly join forces to outlaw the use of digital assets as a payment instrument. Shortly after, the c..

Two Russians Charged With Illicitly Mining Crypto on State Hardware

News Two Russian citizens are being prosecuted for allegedly targeting computers at state organizations to illicitly mine cryptocurrency. The two unnamed individuals purportedly infected the hardware with a program that mines cryptocurrency via a web browser, local media agency Tass reported on De..

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