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Russia bans digital currency Bitcoin
Russia bans digital currency Bitcoin

Russia bans digital currency Bitcoin

The bitcoin currency has been banned in Russia due to increased threat of cyber criminals using the digital currency to launder funds. Money remains a state-controlled currency, so the rise of independent crypto currencies, such as bitcoin, makes it difficult to determine the right method to address these problems.

“The monitoring of the use of virtual currencies shows an increasing interest in them, including for the purpose of money laundering, profit obtained through illegal means,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said following a meeting with the central bank of Russia. “Russia’s official currency is the ruble. The introduction of other types of currencies and the issue of money surrogates are banned.”

Article 27 of Russian Federal Law forbids anything other than the Ruble to be used as a currency, and as such, this puts users of bitcoin et al in a bit of a rut.

According to BitLegal.io, Russia joins only two other nations who have a hostile stance toward this emerging form of money: Thailand and Iceland.

It’s unclear what happens from here, but certainly, anyone who continues to use digital currency in the country is breaking the law.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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