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

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” — i.e., China, Russia, India and the developing world.…

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Regulatory Roundup: China Blockchain ETF, France New Crypto Rules, Tokens Like Money in Russia

In this roundup, we cover Russia’s supreme court recognizing tokens as assets like money and property, France’s new crypto regulatory framework, and several industry developments in China, including a blockchain ETF filing. We also cover Japan’s world conference for decentralized financial governance, Uzbekistan’s crypto ban, and four countries’ central bank digital currency updates. Also read:…

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Greek Court Suspends Decision to Extradite Alexander Vinnik

The Supreme Administrative Court of Greece has suspended a decision to extradite the alleged BTC-e operator Alexander Vinnik. The temporary measure has been imposed to allow the review of an appeal against the extradition. The Russian national, accused of laundering billions of dollars through the now defunct cryptocurrency exchange, started a new hunger strike last…

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Russia Prepares Law to Allow Cryptocurrency Confiscation

According to local reports, Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and other law enforcement agencies are developing proposals to confiscate cryptocurrencies. These proposals could evolve into Russian laws as soon as 2021. “Russia plans to develop a legal mechanism for the seizure of virtual assets for their confiscation,” according to a translated report from RBC. “The relevant…

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Russian Aluminum Plant Set to House Cryptocurrency Mining Farm

International economic sanctions have propelled many countries toward cryptocurrencies — from Venezuela to Iran. Now, U.S. sanctions imposed on one Russian company have paved the way for a cryptocurrency mining operation to take over a decidedly industrial facility. Rusal Turns to Cryptocurrency Mining in Face of Sanctions One such establishment is Rusal, an aluminum giant…

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Bitcoin Mining Farms Are Flourishing on the Ruins of Soviet Industry in Siberia

The Takeaway: Russia’s abandoned Soviet-era factories are enjoying a second life as cryptocurrency mining facilities. Siberia’s big hydropower plants (another legacy of the USSR) have lured miners with cheap electricity. The favorable energy prices and naturally cold climate are turning Siberia into an international mining hub with miners from Europe, Asia and the U.S. placing…

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