Proactive sanctions can help spare the ecosystem: Chainalysis exec

As many countries, entities and even individuals face international sanctions, the crypto industry seeks to find its place among increasing regulations.  Digital currencies have often been mentioned as an avenue for those subject to sanctions to divert them, such as in the recent case of Russia. In such instances, exchanges and other industry players need … Read more

Vladimir Putin Says West’s Attempt to ‘Crush the Russian Economy’ Did Not Succeed – Economics Bitcoin News

Last week the Russian ruble hit a seven-year high against the U.S. dollar and while analysts have downplayed the rise, one economist said people should not “ignore the exchange rate.” American economists have been perplexed about the ruble’s market performance and Russian officials have been quoted as saying that a strong ruble “makes Russian exports … Read more

Ruble Hits 7-Year High, Bukele, O’Leary Unfazed by Crypto Downturn, Elon Musk Will Keep Buying DOGE — Bitcoin.com News Week in Review – The Weekly Bitcoin News

As sanctioned Russia’s fiat currency soars in value against the U.S. dollar, and crypto markets remain unpredictable, economists and crypto enthusiasts continue to puzzle and debate over what the next market move will be. In spite of this, several influential voices remain unperturbed when it comes to the future of decentralized digital assets, with Salvadoran … Read more

Bank of Russia Accelerates Schedule for Digital Ruble Project – Finance Bitcoin News

The Central Bank of Russia continues to step up efforts to test and issue the digital ruble, with a roadmap for the full implementation of the new form of the national fiat now expected by the end of 2023. Trials with real transactions and users are scheduled to begin next April, earlier than originally planned. … Read more

Uphold withdraws with Venezuela, citing US sanctions

Crypto trading platform Uphold said it will be withdrawing support for users in Venezuela due to sanctions imposed by the United States government. In a Thursday announcement, Uphold said “owing to the increasing complexity of complying with U.S. sanctions” the platform would “very reluctantly” be moving out of Venezuela. The platform advised users to withdraw … Read more

Russia to Trial Digital Ruble Settlements for Real Estate Deals – Bitcoin News

The Central Bank of Russia and participating commercial banks want to test various types of payments with the digital ruble, the Russian press reported. The plan is to experiment with smart contracts and transactions related to real estate and crypto asset purchases. Bank of Russia to Launch Smart Contracts on Digital Ruble Platform Russia’s central … Read more

Russian Ruble Taps 7-Year High Against the US Dollar — Economist Says ‘Don’t Ignore the Exchange Rate’ – Economics Bitcoin News

Recent news reports have detailed that Russia’s fiat currency, the ruble, was the best-performing currency worldwide and the articles explained that American economists were perplexed by the trend. On Monday, the Russian ruble rose to 55.47 per dollar, which was the highest increase since 2015. While many have dismissed the ruble’s exchange rate, Charles Lichfield, … Read more

Russian Finance Ministry Rules Out Sale of Oil for Bitcoin – Economics Bitcoin News

The Russian government considers bitcoin as a payment option for small business transactions, not for oil exports, the country’s finance ministry has indicated. A top official emphasized the department means that cryptocurrencies may be used in barter deals, but not as legal tender. Crypto Payments Not for Russian State Settlements, Ministry of Finance Says Cryptocurrency … Read more

Russia Developing Sandbox for Cross-border Crypto Payments – Bitcoin News

An institute facilitating Russian exports is now working on the establishment of a sandbox for international crypto payments, local media reported. The goal is to identify potential regulatory and technological challenges for settlements with digital assets. Russia Prepares to Test Crypto Payments for Exports in Dedicated Sandbox The Russian Export Center (REC), which is a … Read more

Kim Dotcom on the ‘Great Reset,’ Strong Russian Ruble Puzzles Economists, and More — Bitcoin.com News Week in Review – The Weekly Bitcoin News

This week, entrepreneur and activist Kim Dotcom said the “U.S. is beyond bankrupt,” and minced no words about a potential “controlled demolition of global markets.” Meanwhile, American economists are interested in the ruble’s strong performance in spite of sanctions against Russia, a new book emerges claiming to tell the “Real Story Behind Mysterious Bitcoin Creator … Read more