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Alternative Cryptocurrency Regulation Bills Introduced in Ukraine and Russia

A draft bill that leaves crypto-to-crypto trading outside the state regulation has been filed this week in the Ukrainian parliament. The news was announced during BlockchainUA conference in Kyiv by Ukrainian MP Alexey Mushak.

Collapsed Bitcoin Exchange ‘Expert’ Might Hold the Keys to Russia’s U.S. Election Meddling

Russian citizen Alexander who is being held in a jail in Greece could shed light on the ongoing investigation over Russia’s interference with the U.S. politics. According to a report in Bloomberg, Vinnik, 38, may be aware of how Russians in U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s crosshairs used Bitcoin to obscure their money trail.

Russian Police Confiscates Bitcoin ATMs in a Major Swoop Across the Country

Russian company BBFpro had two dozens of Bitcoin ATMs confiscated by law enforcement with no explanations or advance inquiry from the prosecutors.

Russian Authorities to Track Cryptocurrency Transactions

Russia’s Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) will expand its set of analysis tools with a new system allowing for data about cryptocurrency wallets tied to certain individuals.

Russian Vnesheconombank Refutes Reports on Launch of Crypto Exchange in Partnership with Huobi Group

Russia’s state development bank Vnesheconombank, also known as VEB, confirmed partnership with Chinese Huobi Group, operator of the world’s third largest cryptocurrency exchange by daily trading volume, however stressed that this collaboration does not provide for any trading platform initiatives.

Russia: Income Tax for Miners and Cryptocurrency Owners Still in Sight

Miners and holders of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in Russia will be regulated under existing provisions of the existing Tax Code with no separate taxation schemes included.

Alleged BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik to be Extradited to France, Greek Court Rules

The court in Greek city of Thessaloniki agreed on Friday to extradite a Russian cybercrime suspect and alleged BTC-e exchange operator Alexander Vinnik to France.

U.S. DoJ Charges 12 Russian Officials with Bitcoin-Funded Elections ‘Interference’

According to a 29-page document released from the U.S. Department of Justice Friday, July 13, a dozen of Russian operatives were revealed to have used Bitcoin heavily to fund the DCLeaks operations and propaganda campaign.

Cryptocurrencies Pose No Risk to Stability, Russian Analytics Say

According to the Russian Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA), the high volatility of cryptocurrencies can potentially create risks for the country’s financial stability, but these are balanced by the high concentration of ownership of the digital assets.

St. Petersburg Court Overturns Previous Decision to Block Bitcoin-Related Site

The City Court of St. Petersburg, Russia has overturned the District Court’s previous decision to block crypto media website Bitcoininfo.ru. As reported by TASS Monday, June 4, the decision came about after the court received an order from Russia’s Supreme Court in April to review the case.

Russian Crypto Criminal Admits Money Laundering and Fraud

According to Russian media, the alleged BTC-e mastermind Alexander Vinnik has confessed to charges of fraud and money laundering on May 24, 2018. Reports reveal a signed document details that Vinnik admits to committing financial fraud between 2011-2017 through the now-defunct BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange.

Russian Digital Law Bill Will Not Legalize Cryptocurrencies

A draft bill aimed at protecting the rights of cryptocurrency owners while also regulating them in line with Russian laws was introduced to parliament in March with the biggest expectation being the legalization of cryptocurrency payments. However, as local media outlets report, the expectation of making digital currencies legal tender may not come to pass.