Tagged: russia

Binance’s Dominance of Crypto Sector Continues to Decline, Exchange to Fully Exit Russian Markets

Crypto exchange Binance, which recently agreed to pay a massive $4.3 billion+ as part of an unprecedented settlement with US regulators, is now preparing to leave the Russian market. The company will also end support for Ruble-based transactions due to regulatory challenges. Binance confirmed that… Read More

SMEs Show Resilience Despite Persistent Inflation But Rising Interest Rates Pose Challenges – iBanFirst Report

For SMEs, the year 2023 could mark a “turning point.” They have shown resilience “despite persistent inflation and the war in Ukraine, but they are now having to face rising interest rates which is making life tough for them for three reasons,” according to iBanFirst,… Read More

PeerBerry Reports €46.2M of War-Affected Loans Now Repaid to Investors

In 21 months of the war (since February 24, 2022), PeerBerry business partners Aventus Group and Gofingo Group have, in total, repaid PeerBerry investors €46.2 million or 92% of the total outstanding war-affected obligations. Today, Gofingo Group repaid PeerBerry investors €200 000 in war-affected loans…. Read More

Chainalysis Examines Bitcoin Addresses Included in OFAC’s Designation that Were Reportedly Used to Facilitate Illicit Activities

On November 3, 2023, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Russian national Ekaterina Zhdanova for using cryptocurrency “to launder money on behalf of Russian elites, ransomware groups, and other bad actors.” Chainalysis has examined the three Bitcoin… Read More

US Department of Treasury Sanctions Russian National for Using Crypto to Launder Funds

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned Russian national Ekaterina Zhdanova for utilizing crypto to launder and move money on behalf of “Russian elites.” Strict sanctions have been enacted by the US and other nations following Russia’s unprovoked… Read More

Binance “Fully” Exits Russian Markets with Sale to CommEX

Binance, which is being sued by US regulators for a wide range of issues along with facing other major compliance and operational challenges, has entered into an agreement to sell the entirety of its Russia business to CommEX. To ensure a smooth process for existing… Read More

European Investment Platform PeerBerry Reports €45.52M of War-Affected Loans Being Repaid to Investors

In 19 months of the war (since February 24, 2022), PeerBerry business partners Aventus Group and Gofingo Group have, in total, “repaid PeerBerry investors €45.52 million or 90.64% of the total outstanding war-affected obligations.” Compared to other war-affected platforms, PeerBerry claims that it is the… Read More

Binance Halts Peer to Peer Crypto Transactions in Russia After Potentially Failing to Adhere to Sanctions Enforcement Requirements

P2P digital currency exchanges have reportedly assisted crypto traders with circumventing globally-enforced sanctions against Russia’s banking institutions. Crypto exchange Binance‘s recent activities might worsen its regulatory challenges in the US. The recent crackdown attempts to place a ban on transactions completed with payment cards that… Read More

Russian Fintech CarMoney Introduces Direct Listing on Moscow Exchange

The owner of CarMoney, a Russian firm focused on offering secured car loans, launched a direct listing on the Moscow Exchange on Monday (July 4, 2023) in a capital raise that valued the business at roughly 6.3 billion roubles (or the equivalent of $70.7 million)…. Read More

Investment Platform PeerBerry Reports €38.73M of War-affected Loans Being Repaid to Investors

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PeerBerry business partners are repaying €1.8 million of war-affected loans. Under the Group guarantee mechanism in 15 months of the war, PeerBerry business partners have already “repaid €38.73 million, or 77.12% of the total war-affected obligations towards PeerBerry investors.” As noted in a blog post,… Read More

Mintos Shares Russia-Ukraine Crisis Impact Updates: €10.4M Recovered, Revo Case Now Closed

After “proactive” efforts to petition the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (The Central Bank), in September 2022, Revo Russia (OOO Revo Technologies MFC) obtained special permission in order “to accelerate repayment of its obligations to Mintos investors in payments larger than 10 million RUB… Read More

PeerBerry Reports €36.8M of War-Affected Loans Repaid to Investors

PeerBerry recently revealed that its business partners are repaying €1.8 million worth of war-affected loans. PeerBerry writes in a blog post that under the current Group guarantee mechanism in 14 months of the war, the investment platform’s business partners have already repaid €36.8 million, or… Read More

PeerBerry Investors Funded €65.53M of Loans Last Month, an 18.5% MoM Increase

In March, PeerBerry investors reportedly funded €65.53 million of loans, “i.e., €10.23 million or 18.5% more than the previous month.” In March, their investors “received €877 001 in interest.” 1071 new investors joined the platform last month. The average annual ROI on PeerBerry “in March… Read More

Genesis Market, an Online Marketplace for Stolen Information and Hive of Ransomware Operations, Taken Down by International Enforcement Agencies

Operation Cookie Monster Genesis Market, a dark web operation that catered to criminals looking for stolen identities to pilfer bank accounts or pursue ransomware operations, has been taken down in a coordinated operation that involved many different enforcement agencies around the world. The Federal Bureau… Read More

Oil Prices Rise, Might Force Central Banks to Keep Interest Rates Higher for Longer, Says Fintech Industry Professional

Surging oil prices are likely to mean higher interest rates “for longer as the price rally adds to inflationary pressures,” warns the CEO of an independent financial advisory, asset management and fintech organization. The warning from deVere Group’s Nigel Green comes as the price of… Read More

PeerBerry Reports that €34.8M of War-Affected Loans Were Repaid to Investors

PeerBerry business partners are “repaying EUR 1.7 million of war-affected loans.” Under the Group guarantee mechanism in 13 months of the war, PeerBerry business partners have already “repaid EUR 34.8 million, or 69,3% of the total war-affected obligations towards PeerBerry investors.” Remember that AutoMoney UA… Read More

Rosbank Demonstrated First Digital Gold Exchange Transaction in Russia Using Digital Rubles

Rosbank demonstrated the first digital gold exchange deal in Russia using digital rubles. According to the bank it involved “the exchange of tokenized gold between two parties using innovative distributed ledger technology (blockchain) to ensure the security and continuity of the process.” The project was… Read More

Fintechs Brace for Soaring Financial Crime – Cyber, Tax Fraud, Environmental Crime Top Concerns: Report

  As war continues to rage in Ukraine and inflation impacts the economy, fintechs and digital banks expect the subsequent global economic downturn “to drive a rise in financial crime – and they’re staffing up their financial crime prevention teams.” A new survey by ComplyAdvantage,… Read More

Latvia’s Eleving Group Repays All Outstanding Belarus Investments

Eleving Group has shared its operational and financial updates. Eleving Group continues “to reduce its portfolio exposure in Belarus.” The portfolio “has substantially decreased during last year and continues to further amortize.” The impact of the portfolio reduction “has been minimal on the Group’s financials…. Read More

European Investment Platform Mintos Comments on Key Updates from Past Year

  2022 was a year of challenges, but also “huge wins” for Mintos and their investors, the company claims. During 2022, Mintos launched a new financial instrument, Notes, “benefiting our investors with investor protection mechanisms.” They also celebrated “reaching a milestone of 500 000 registered… Read More