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Bank of Russia and Russian Fintech Association Provide Open Banking API to Local Fintechs

Promsvyazbank and Tochka, a Fintech-focused service for SMEs, reportedly began using an Open Banking API implemented by the Bank of Russia and the Russian Fintech Association (RFA). They’ve passed the tests at the Open API Certification Stand, which is being operated by the Russian Fintech… Read More

CipherTrace Shares Report on Blockchain Analysis that Helped US Seize $2M+ in DarkSide Ransom Paid by Colonial Pipeline

On June 7, 2021, the US Department of Justice announced that they had managed to seize 63.69 BTC (valued at around $2.5 million) of the 75 BTC ransom Colonial Pipeline was forced to pay to DarkSide. This ransom recovery is notably the very first undertaken… Read More

VTB Bank Enters Agreement with Federal Tax Service of Russia to Offer Qualified Electronic Signatures via Physical Medium

VTB Bank (FRA: KYM1) has entered into an agreement with the Federal Tax Service of Russia in order to introduce a service for providing a qualified electronic signature (QES) via a physical medium. The pilot initiative will begin in Moscow and St. Petersburg for the banking… Read More

Russian Authorities Clarify that Cryptocurrencies May Be “Contractual Means” of Conducting Payments

The State Duma has recently acknowledged that amendments to the Civil Code (in Russia) that cryptocurrencies (or “digital monetary units”) may be considered “a contractual means” of conducting payments in the country, according to Pavel Krasheninnikov, Chairperson of the Duma Committee on Legislation, at the… Read More

Tinkoff Investment Unveils Russian Investors Activity Index

  Tinkoff Investments announced on Monday it has launched Tinkoff InvestIndex, which is described as a set of indices that represent Russian investors’ activity and sentiment. Tinkoff InvestIndex shows what securities investors are buying or selling, what industries they favour, and what currencies they are… Read More

Bitcoin Mining Expert Explains why Generating “Clean” BTC Blocks Can Be Extremely Challenging

Zack Voell, a cryptocurrency mining specialist, writes in a blog post published by Compass that block 682,170 was the first “clean” block that was mined by public mining firm Marathon’s new pool. Voell writes in a detailed post from Compass, a “Bitcoin-first” company that aims… Read More

Blockchain Analytics Firm Elliptic Reveals it Followed Bitcoin Ransomware Paid by Colonial Pipeline

The team at blockchain analytics firm Elliptic revealed recently that they followed the Bitcoin (BTC) ransoms paid by Colonial Pipeline and other DarkSide ransomware victims. Dr. Tom Robinson, Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Elliptic, regularly discusses crypto forensics, investigations, compliance, and sanctions. Elliptic clients are… Read More

Forward Flow, a Product for Crowdlending, Introduced by Kviku on Mintos in Euros and Russian Rouble

Peer to peer lending marketplace Mintos reports that in November 2020, Kviku introduced Forward Flow in Euro on Mintos. Now, the company is pleased to announce that it’s offering Forward Flow also in RUB (the Russian ruble). As noted by Mintos: “Forward Flow is a… Read More

London Regtech ComplyAdvantage Releases Report Noting that Firms Update Risk Enterprise-Wide Assessments to Account for Digitization Trends

London-based ComplyAdvantage, a company that offers real-time financial crime insight that “puts you in control,” notes that the European Union has introduced a strategy to deal with  organized and financial crime and the US recently imposed new sanctions on Russia. While sharing recent financial crime… Read More

Russian Fintech Tinkoff Launches Buy Now Pay Later Service Dolyame.ru

    Russian banking group Tinkoff announced on Wednesday the launch of its buy now pay later service, Dolyame.ru. According to Tinkoff, Dolyame.ru allows customers to split purchases into four equal parts. Much like other buy now pay later services, customers just need to cover… Read More

US Dept of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Individuals, Entities for Attempting to Undermine 2020 US Presidential Election: Report

On April 15, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 16 individuals and 16 entities for “attempting to undermine and influence the 2020 US presidential election,” blockchain security firm CipherTrace noted in a blog post. CipherTrace also mentioned… Read More

Russian Tech Firms Yandex, Mail.ru Group, Ozon, Wildberries to Establish Fintech Businesses that may Compete with Incumbents

Russian technology firms Yandex, Mail.ru Group, Ozon and Wildberries are reportedly creating their own Fintech platforms so that they can potentially compete with some of the largest banks in the country, according to a report from Forbes Russia. As first reported by the New Economy… Read More

P2P Bitcoin Exchange LocalBitcoins Reports that Russia, Venezuela, Colombia are Among its Main Markets with Most BTC Trading Activity

LocalBitcoins, a global peer to peer (P2P) Bitcoin exchange, notes that its platform allows users to invest in BTC which is notably one of the best-performing assets of 2020. The LocalBitcoins team confirms in a blog post: “According to our data, our main markets are… Read More

Russian Banking Group Sberbank May Issue Its Own Cryptocurrency

Sberbank isn’t ruling out the possibility of issuing its own cryptocurrency, Sbercoin, in 2021. According to CEO of Russian banking group, Herman Gef, Sberbank is joining forces with JP Morgan for the crypto project and may launch the currency as an “experiment” next year. Gref… Read More

Russia’s Bitcoin Mining Facilities are Mostly in Siberia, Energy Surplus Allows BTC Miners to Secure Competitive Electricity Rates: Report

The team at HASHR8 Inc., a cryptocurrency mining and media firm that aims to support the “decentralized growth” of hashrate (or computing power used to secure digital currency networks) while enhancing the security of blockchains, has published a report titled, The State of Bitcoin Mining… Read More

Russian Fintech Tinkoff Debuts Financial Messenger Through Mobile App

Russian banking group Tinkoff announced earlier this week it has launched a financial messenger built into its mobile app that allows users to chat while making financial transactions. According to Tinkoff, customers will be able to share bookings, payments, and gigabytes of traffic soon, as… Read More

US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Warns that Paying Perpetrators of Ransomware Attacks May lead to $20 Million Fine

Companies or businesses that have been targeted with malicious ransomware attacks might potentially face fines as high as $20 million if they agree to the demands from extortionists, particularly the ones who have been listed on financial crime sanctions lists, the US Department of Treasury… Read More

Sberbank Launches Cloud Services for Businesses to Sign Payment Documents Through Mobile App

Russian banking group Sberbank announced on Thursday it is rolling out cloud service for businesses to sign payment documents inside the bank’s mobile app. Sberbank explained that users of its corporate banking solution will be able to clear payments and sign documents through non-certified digital… Read More

Russia and Ukraine have “Disproportionately High” Cryptocurrency Usage with Many Locals Shifting Financial Activity to Digital Assets: Report

Eastern Europe has the fourth-largest cryptocurrency market in terms of total transaction volume, according to Chainalysis’ research. Ukraine and Russia, which are also part of the Eastern European region, have been ranked quite high on Chainalysis’ Global Crypto Adoption Index. It takes into consideration a… Read More

Sberbank Teams Up With Evotor to Roll Out Payment With Customer QR Code

Russian banking group Sberbank announced on Thursday it has teamed up with Evotor to add a new function to the Pay with QR service when accessed through Evotor POS terminals, by letting customers use their QR codes in addition to dynamic QR codes already available…. Read More

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