Tagged: russia

Blockchain Based Crowdfunding Platform Boomstarter Launches Token Sale

Russia based Boomstarter.Network, a “cryptofunding platform” has raised $1 million in early financing from venture funds and private companies as part of its ongoing token offering. The blockchain based crowdfunding platform stated that DTI, an investor in Telegram and Dropbox, are participating in the funding of… Read More

Mueller Indictment: Russia Financed Clinton Campaign Hacks with Bitcoin

The grand jury indictment filed in Washington Friday by the Mueller team claims multiple units of Russian spies used bitcoins in, “large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” Although cybersecurity experts recently warned the US Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism… Read More

Sberbank Teams Up With Tinkoff Bank To Launch P2P Payments Service

Russian banking group Sberbank announced on Friday it has teamed up with Tinkoff Bank to launch joint peer-to-peer (p2p) payment transfer service that uses mobile phone numbers. According to Sberbank, the new service allows bank card users to transfer money from card to card immediately by using their… Read More

Russian Banking Firm Sberbank Implements Payments Through Google Pay

Russian banking firm Sberbank announced on Thursday that it and Google have provided online shops and their clients a new tool for paying for online purchases – Google Pay. Sberbank claims it is the first bank in Russia to support online payment of goods and services… Read More

Russian Military Creating Blockchain Research “Technopolis”

The Russian military is building “a military technopolis” in the Black Sea town of Anapa where 200 scientists will focus on creating blockchain tech for national security, Russian publication Izsvestia reports. Protecting state secrets will be a priority at the new facility, which will welcome, “operators… Read More

Revolut Now Offering Services in Russia Thanks to Partnership With QIWI

It’s been quite a busy week for UK-based fintech Revolut. The startup celebrated two million users, revealed it was looking to apply for a U.S. banking license, sought to hire 100 new employees in Poland, and now has formed a partnership with QIWI to expand… Read More

Apple Unblocks Telegram, Allows GDPR Updates

On May 31st, Pavel Durov, CEO of private messaging app Telegram broadcast on Telegram that Apple was cooperating with a Russian government ban on the app and refusing to allow Telegram users across the globe to upload important updates at iTunes. “Apple has been preventing… Read More

Cryptocurrency Laws Winding Through Russian Assembly Now – Terms Clarified

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has spoken publicly about how draft laws winding their way now through the Russian parliament will define cryptocurrencies and tokens. Bitcoin.com reports that Medvedev recently told an audience at a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum: “We need… Read More

Russian Spy: “Blockchain Will Belong to Us”

In 1946, delegates from 25 countries met in Geneva to create globally consistent standards for the development of technology and an organization to govern those standards: the International Standards Organization, or ISO. At last year’s ISO blockchain meeting in Tokyo, the New York Time reports, China… Read More

Telegram Vows to Shore Up VPNs as Russia-wide Ban Affects Even Non-Telegram Users

TorrentFreak.com are reporting today that Telegram co-founder and exiled Russian businessperson Pavel Durov has vowed to donate millions of dollars in Bitcoin to providers of virtual private network (VPN) services. Consistently routing messages through VPNs, which obscure message origins, may allow Russian citizens to continue… Read More

Russia’s Sberbank & HSE Business Incubator to Review 600 Startup Ideas For Corporate Business Accelerator Program

Russia-based Sberbank and the Higher School of Economics’ (HSE) business incubator announced on Monday they are beginning to review ideas for startups that were submitted to the corporate business accelerator. The duo reported that around 600 projects were submitted during the first stage, which notably… Read More

Russia Blocks 1.8 Million Telegram IP Addresses

Torrent Freak has reported that Russian telecom regulator Rozomnadzor has begun blocking ISP addresses used to transmit private messages using the Telegram app. The actions come after the app was added to a state register of banned services last Friday after an 18-minute trial. Telegram… Read More

Russia to Restrict Access to Telegram

One of the fastest growing social networks and messaging apps in the world, Telegram, has been hit with a ban from Russian authorities. Roskomnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, posted on their site; “The procedure for restricting… Read More

Reports of Russia’s Involvement in Venezuela’s Petro Crypto called Fake News by Russian Official

Fake news is everywhere these days. So it seems. Recently, the Venezuelan government launched a bespoke cryptocurrency tied to the country’s oil production. Concocted by Venezuelan President Maduro, the Petro Crypto has been slammed as a feeble attempt to skirt the hyper inflation that Maduro’s… Read More

Russia Follows USA to Tighten Cryptocurrency Regulation

The Russian Parliament has started finalizing a draft bill on cryptocurrency and digital tokens recognising them as assets that cannot be used in exchange for goods and services. The draft aims to define the scope of the regulations of cryptocurrencies, not their prohibition, according to… Read More

Recap: INNMIND/ KICKICO Blockchain Leadership Summit Reaffirms Global Interest in Blockchain

Updates from the Blockchain Leadership Summit held in Zurich, Switzerland, indicate broadening interest in blockchain from traditional financial sector as well government agencies and country leaders. Hosted by INNMIND, global platform for startups and investors, and supported by KICKICO global fundraising platform, the forum gathered… Read More

Farmer Wants to Tokenize His Time. Expects to Use Waves Platform to Create 12 Million Tokens

This is a first. According to a note we received from team Waves, Boris Akimov, a farmer and the founder of organic food startup LavkaLavka and BioCoin, will use the Waves platform to tokenize his skills ad time. Yep. A new spin on farming supported by… Read More

Russian Authorities Detain Two Engineers at Nuclear Center in Sarov for Bitcoin Mining

According to multiple reports, two Russian engineers were detained by authorities for attempting to use computers at the Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Physics which is based in Sarov, Russia. The facility is said to be where the first Soviet nuclear weapon was produced in… Read More

Letter from Senators Rubio & Menendez Raise Concern About Cryptocurrencies & International Scofflaws

Several days ago, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Robert Menendez published a letter directed to the US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin demanding to know what the US government was doing to foil attempts by rogue nations in leveraging cryptocurrencies to skirt imposed sanctions…. Read More

Incubator Waves Lab Welcomes First Participants, Launches First ICOS

Waves Lab, a Moscow-based incubator for new projects on the Waves platform, has announced a total budget of 1 million WAVES for future participants, as the first tranche of entrants launch their applications. The commitment, reportedly worth approximately $9 million after the recent cryptocurrency sell-off… Read More