US Sanctions Moscow-Based Bank Accused of Financing Venezuela’s Controversial Petro

The U.S. Treasury has sanctioned Moscow-based bank Evrofinance, claiming it was the main international bank that helped finance Venezuela’s controversial oil-backed crypto. The United States Treasury Department has added Moscow-based bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank to its sanctions list, alleging it was the “primary international financial institution willing to finance” Venezuela’s controversial national oil-backed cryptocurrency, Petro (PTR). […]

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Russian Supreme Court Classifies Illicit Crypto Use Under Money Laundering Laws

The Russian Supreme Court has approved amendments to its anti-money laundering decree, making crypto laundering criminally punishable. The Russian Supreme Court has included the illicit use of cryptocurrencies in the list of criminal offences related to money laundering, local legal news site Pravo reported on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The court has introduced new amendments to […]

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Report: Russian State Duma to Review Crypto Regulation, Oil-Backed Crypto in Development

The Russian State Duma plans to review and adopt new cryptocurrency regulation in March. The Russian State Duma (the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia) plans to review and adopt new cryptocurrency regulation in March.  The former Energy Minister Igor Yusufov is also proposing an oil-backed crypto, Russian financial outlet Rambler reported on […]

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Ongoing Economic Crises in Venezuela and Beyond Show That the Idea of Bitcoin as a Store of Value Is Increasingly Catching On

From Venezuela to India, crypto is being increasingly used in times of economic crisis. Just when it seemed like the economic and political situation in Venezuela couldn’t get much worse, it has. Back in December, the Venezuelan bolívar witnessed its peak annual inflation rate for 2018, with this rate coming in at a dizzying 80,000 […]

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Overstock Founder: Blockchain Can Make Government ‘Incapable of Being Bribed’

Overstock founder Patrick Byrne has stated that blockchain technology is capable of making government “superefficient.” The founder and CEO of retail giant Overstock.com Patrick Byrne says that blockchain can make government “superefficient and incapable of being bribed,” in an interview with MarketWatch published on Feb. 12. Byrne reportedly said that government services have reached a […]

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Venezuela Imposes Fees and Limits on Local Crypto Remittances

Venezuela introduces rules for sending crypto remittances, imposing taxes and fees. The Venezuelan government has introduced regulations for crypto remittances within the country, according to a decree published on Feb. 7 in the country’s official media outlet, Gaceta Oficial. According to the document, the National Superintendency of Crypto Assets and Related Activities (SUNACRIP) will now […]

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Hodler’s Digest, February 4–10: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

The mystery around embattled crypto exchange QuadrigaCX deepens, and Facebook acquires a blockchain startup. Top Stories This Week Facebook Reportedly Acquires Blockchain Startup in First Blockchain-Related Acquisition Social media network Facebook has reportedly acquired blockchain startup Chainspace in its first apparent blockchain-related acquisition. According to news outlet Cheddar, the acquisition is considered an “acquihire,” or […]

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