Russian Court Bans Websites Explaining How to Trade Bitcoin – Regulation Bitcoin News

A court in the Perm region of Russia has decided to block several sites that describe how to exchange cryptocurrencies with fiat cash. Local prosecutors claim that the dissemination of such information is illegal in Russia, as it may facilitate the laundering of proceeds of illicit activities.

Kungur City Court blocks Crypto-related sites

The Kungur Municipal Court in Russia’s Perm Krai region has accepted a request filed by the Beryozovsky District Prosecutor’s Office to remove several Internet sites describing various bitcoin redemption methods. Prosecutors who discovered the encryption platforms insist that publishing such content violates Russian law to combat money laundering.

“Information on Bitcoin encryption redemption methods was found to be freely available for viewing and use on specific Internet resources.” Press release explained, noting further:

Considering that the legislation considers the exchange of counterfeit currencies as a possible participation in dubious transactions, the prosecutor sent an administrative statement of claim to the court requesting to restrict access to this information.

The number of affected sites as well as their names were not disclosed, but Forklog refers the prosecutor saying that five such applications have been submitted since the beginning of the year. One of the allegations, according to the publication, concerns a video on Youtube that describes ways to exchange bitcoin for Russian rubles.

Russia continues to crack down on Bitcoin sites

Access to the sites subject to the latest Kungur City Court ruling will be restricted after the ruling takes effect, the Perm Prosecutor’s Office said without giving further details. The banned sites will be part of a growing number of encryption-related stores that have been scrapped by Russian authorities in recent years.

Last August, the Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor blocked an exchange encryption tracking site, Bestchange.ru, the third time the platform went offline, according to Bitcoin.com News. The popular site helps Russian-speaking users find the best crypto-fiat exchange rates available. Roskomnadzor’s efforts to blacklist the adder began in 2017.

Russian court bans websites explaining how to exchange Bitcoin
Roskomnadzor

In March 2020, the agency added five encryption sites to its list of banned Internet sources. The platforms offered various services, from encryption exchange to bitcoin mobile renewal and one of them was an information portal. The court section of crypto news center Bits.media was also targeted.

Crypto webmasters have successfully challenged some of these censorship measures in Russian courts in the past. In March 2018, the St. Petersburg court banned the publication of information and the provision of cryptocurrency-related services on 40 websites. In April of the same year, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation overturned the decision to block the Bitcoininfo.ru portal. In May 2019, Roskomnadzor was forced to remove Bestchange.ru from the blacklist after prosecutors abandoned attempts to block the site.

What do you think about Russia’s efforts to block encryption-related sites? Share your thoughts on the topic in the comments section below.

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