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Report: Head of Russia’s Central Bank Joins Chorus of Regulators Critical of Private Currencies Like Facebook’s Libra

Elvira Nabiullina, governor at the Bank of Russia since 2013, told the Russian parliament this week that she supports Fintech innovations but opposes private currencies like Facebook’s Libra because they pose a threat to financial stability. She also said she and the bank are monitoring… Read More

Report: Three Global Crypto Exchanges Vying to Enter Ukraine, Claim 25-30% of All Crypto Traders Reside in Former Soviet Block Countries

Three of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world are seeking licenses and banking partners to set up in the Ukraine, Andriy Kolodiuk, Chair of the supervisory board of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), told the Kyiv Post this week. He… Read More

Russian Ruble Will Reportedly Be First Fiat-Crypto Trading Option on Binance, New Bitcoin Cash Pegged Token Listed

Malta-based digital asset exchange Binance is planning to launch its first fiat-to-cryptocurrency trading pairs. While attending the Open Innovations 2019 conference in Moscow this week, Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao said that fiat-to-crypto options would be introduced soon, starting with the Russian ruble. Zhao stated:… Read More

Russia’s Largest Bank Sberbank and Microsoft to Use Artificial Intelligence for Robotic Cash Handling

Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX:SBER) and Microsoft Research (MSR) announced a joint initiative to explore the use of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in robotics. The project involves training robots to interact with real-world objects in the same way that humans do. Researchers at Sberbank will… Read More

New Regulation of Crowdfunding in Russia

The new law regulating crowdfunding in Russia will enter into force on January 1, 2020. Existing platforms must comply by July 1, 2020. Federal Law No. 259-FZ “On Investments Through Investment Platforms and Certain Amendments to Other Laws of the Russian Federation” dated August 2,… Read More

Blockchain-based Trade Finance Platform Marco Polo Is Testing Its First Trade Deal Between Russia and Germany

Marco Polo, a trade finance blockchain that has partnered over 20 banks, is testing its first trade deal between Germany and Russia. The company’s pilot was announced on October 11.  Russian’s Alfa-Bank and Novolipetsk Steel Company (NLMK) will take part in the pilot. Germany’s Commerzbank… Read More

Russia’s Largest Bank Sberbank Purchases $15 Million in Debt via HyperLedger Blockchain

Russia’s largest financial institution Sberbank has reportedly purchased around $15 million worth of accounts receivable from Trafigura, a Singaporean commodity trading firm that leverages blockchain technology. The pilot transaction was conducted on the Hyperledger Fabric platform, according to a representative from Sberbank. The blockchain-based purchase… Read More

Alleged Paid Pump House ICO Rating Settles Charges with SEC with $270,000 Fine

ICO Rating, a Russia based initial coin offering and research firm, has paid a fine to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding allegations that it failed to disclose payments received from issuers for publicizing their digital asset securities offerings. According to a statement from… Read More

Sberbank Announces Letter-of-Credit Business of Legal Entities for Online Availability

Russian banking group Sberbank announced last week it has implemented a feature on remote banking services on letters-of-credit in Sberbank Business Online’s system. The bank revealed: “Clients can create applications on letters of credit online and independently send them to the bank to be processed…. Read More

Report: Tether Has Supplanted Bitcoin for Russia-China Commercial Remittances

An unnamed OTC trading desk in Moscow is selling up to $30 million USD in “tethers” per day to Chinese merchants sending proceeds home, Coindesk reports. Until 2018, the favoured currency for this type of transacting was reportedly Bitcoin, but Chinese merchants have lately started dumping… Read More

Russian Machinists’ Union, Duma Experts Propose Cryptocurrency to Evade Weapons Sanctions

Russian crypto media outlet Crypto.pro is reporting that Russian machinists and parliamentarians involved in weapons production and sales have advised Russian central bankers to develop a “stablecoin” cryptocurrency to allow Russia to sell weapons and military equipment to foreign customers without being encumbered by international… Read More

Owner of WEX, Rebranded Crypto Exchange That May Have Processed Bitcoins for Russian Spies, Arrested in Italy

Dmitry Vasiliev, a 32-year old Russian who took over and rebranded the notorious BTC-e exchange when its alleged admin, Alexander Vinnick, was arrested in Greece in 2017, is now under arrest in Italy, the BBC reports. Vasiliev rebranded BTC-e, “the largest Russian-language platform for the… Read More

Report: Moscow Math Major Will Wash Trade Your Crypto Token for $6000

A young student at Moscow State University, Alexey Andryunin, and his unnamed partner, have come up with a lucrative sideline that has made them much less interested in their studies: the wash trading of crypto tokens to make it look like there’s a market for… Read More

IOST Blockchain Partners with Boomstarter Platform

The IOST Foundation has “completed an integration” with Eastern European rewards/donation platform Boomstarter, according to a note from the company. The goal is for the two entities to make $IOST a global fundraising currency to support entrepreneurs and builders in an international expansion plan spanning… Read More

Report: Adversaries Building Commerce “Pipelines” to Undermine US Dollar Dominance

Two researchers at The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) have produced a comprehensive report on Russia, Venezuela, Iran and China’s efforts to create or exploit alternative payment systems that would allow them to circumvent the US dollar as a means of enforcing American foreign… Read More

Robo.cash Funds One Million Loans in Europe

Robo.cash is reporting its millionth loan funded. According to the peer to peer lending, for the first five months of 2019, the platform has shown a 26%-increase in the number of funded loans and a 54%-increase in the amount of new investors, compared to the… Read More

Report: Russian Viruses Found in Investigation of $534 Million USD Hack on Coincheck Cryptocurrency Exchange

Viruses “first marketed in a Russian bulletin board in June 2011” have been found on computers of employees at Coincheck, a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange hacked in January 2018 for more than $534 million USD in NEM tokens, Asahi Shimbum writes. Previously, South Korean intelligence had… Read More

Russia’s Tinkoff Bank Introduces Financial & Lifestyle Task Voice Assistant Oleg

Russian banking group Tinkoff announced on Thursday the launch of its new product, Oleg. According to Tinkoff, Oleg is a voice assistant for financial and lifestyle-related tasks. The product’s mission is to help users navigate within the Tinkoff platform and make customers’ lives simpler. “Oleg… Read More

Russian State Oil Company Head and Putin Second Warns Colleagues That Facebook Cryptocurrency Could Be Used to Denominate Petrol

Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company and reported second-in-command to Russian President Vladimir Putin, told colleagues in St Petersburg this week that the creation of a “Facebook  Global Coin” cryptocurrency could signal American tech companies’ ominous intention to start moving into oil… Read More

Robo.cash Says P2P Investors Tend to Increase Investment by 30% After One Month

European peer to peer lending platform Robo.cash has published a note on platform investors indicating that after the first month of investing, users tend to invest 30% more. The second month, investors bump it up by another 10%. The intimation is that new investors test… Read More

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