Cryptocurrency Exchanges Eye Russia for Expansion Despite Sanctions

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Sanctions imposed by governments as part of geopolitical struggles do not always filter through to under-regulated industries. Ambitious businesses covet every opportunity for expansion and diversification. That seems to be the reason why a growing number of crypto exchanges are turning their attention to Russia and its diaspora, despite the disapprobation this risks drawing from…

Analysis: Understanding the SEC’s Stance on Crypto

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Last year the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission took enforcement action against initial coin offerings and other crypto companies perpetrating fraud. Many believe 2019 will be the year when regulators clamp down on rogue cryptocurrency operators. Here we decode the overlapping and occasionally contradictory stance taken by U.S. regulators, and consider what the market can expect.…

Huobi and Major Russian Bank to Provide Legal Help to the Crypto Industry

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The recently established Russian subsidiary of global cryptocurrency exchange Huobi and Vnesheconombank, Russia’s state-owned development bank, are now partnering to offer crypto companies legal support and advice. The newly created “legal lab” will also represent blockchain businesses in court. Also read: German Startup Devises Eco-Friendly Energy-Efficient Miners Legal Lab to Assist Crypto Companies in Russian…

Bipartisan Bitcoin Bills to Step up Consumer Protection in the U.S.

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Two United States congressmen have introduced two pieces of legislation to help prevent alleged cryptocurrency price manipulation while aiming to position the U.S. at the forefront of innovation within the digital asset industry. Also read: Chilean Court Rules in Favor of Closing Bank Accounts of Crypto Exchange Orionx Protection From Price Manipulation The Virtual Currency Consumer…

The US Government Is Powerless to Block Bitcoin Addresses

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It has been widely reported this week that the U.S. government has blacklisted two BTC addresses linked to cyber crime. These particular addresses were singled out because their owners are believed to be Iranians, whose country is currently facing heavy economic sanctions from the U.S. While the BTC addresses are clearly connected to ransomware, mainstream…

Iran Completes Development of Rial-Supported National Cryptocurrency

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Iran has finalized the development of its national cryptocurrency, which is backed by the local fiat unit, the rial. Once the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) approves its use, the yet-to-be-named digital currency will then be issued to banking institutions for testing in payments, internal and interbank settlements according to local media reports. Also Read: Bahamas…

Study Finds Growing Number of BATMs in Belgium and the Netherlands

Study Finds Growing Number of BATMs in Belgium and the Netherlands

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The number of cryptocurrency ATMs in Belgium and the Netherlands is growing, according to newly released data. Amsterdam is leading among major cities in the Benelux region, with 12 machines supporting digital coin transactions. Luxembourg, which is a global center of traditional finances, is lagging behind in terms of available crypto teller services.        Also…

New French Law Sets Out Guidelines For ICOs

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After slashing taxes on profits made from cryptocurrency trading by more than half, France has now implemented a new legal framework for initial coin offerings (ICOs). Is Europe’s third largest economy transforming into a haven for cryptocurrency? Also read: Faced With Cash And Forex Shortages, Zimbabweans Turn To Bitcoin – Even When It’s Banned French Lawmakers…

Malta Tops Exchange-Based Crypto Trade, Russia Leads in OTC Volume

Malta Tops Exchange-Based Crypto Trade, Russia Leads in OTC Volume

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Jurisdictions with crypto-friendly legislation or comprehensive regulations in place are leading in terms of exchange-based cryptocurrency trading. According to a new study, however, over the counter and P2P exchange is much more popular in developing nations and countries where non-cash payments are still not widely spread. Also read: Crypto Funds Number 466 Despite Trends, Uncertainty…

Presidential Decree Sets the Stage for Legalizing Cryptocurrencies in Uzbekistan

Presidential Decree Sets the Stage for Legalizing Cryptocurrencies in Uzbekistan

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The executive power in Uzbekistan has advanced towards legalizing cryptocurrencies and implementing blockchain technology in both government and economy. A new decree signed by President Mirziyoyev mandates licensing for trading and other activities related to the circulation of digital coins. The document also calls for regulating crypto mining and smart contracts. Also read: No License…