Another batch of Russian online crypto exchanges in Russia has been shut down following a recent decision by a regional court. The information published on their website has been deemed invalid which means the country’s telecom watchdog may block access to their platform.
Roskomnadzor could go down the blacklisted crypto exchange
Several websites offering cryptocurrency exchanges, cash and transfer options using different payment methods could be blocked by Russia’s telecom regulator, Roscommonadzar, if their operators do not delete illegal web pages. The threat to online crypto platforms stemmed from a court ruling recognizing their content as banned.
In early September, the Kushnarenkovsky district court in the Republic of Bashkortostan in the Russian Federation confirmed that the information they were disseminating was prohibited under current law. The Register of Prohibited Russian Websites, operated by the private organization Roscomsovoboda, lists 17 sites affected by the decision.
In its judgment, the regional court noted that in all these cases the platforms allowed free access without the need for registration. “Any user can get acquainted with the content and copy the materials in electronic form. There are no restrictions on their transfer, copying and distribution, ”the district court stressed.
According to the Digital Rights Center, a law firm hired by six operators of the crypto exchange, the owners of the websites have not been summoned at all by the courts. Circus Darbinian, the company’s managing partner, explained that apparently the sites were identified in the Bestchange.ru crypto exchange aggregator.
Over the past few years, websites containing content related to Bitcoin and crypto services have often been targeted in Russia with restricted measures. Roskomnadzor has blocked Bestchange.ru more than once, but access to popular sites has finally been restored. In March 2020, the company added six crypto sites to its list of banned Internet sources, and in June this year, a court in the Perm region announced a decision to shut down several crypto trading websites.
Lawyers for the Digital Rights Center are now preparing official complaints in the hope of overturning the court’s decision. “Clearly, prosecutors do not want to accept the fact that the Digital Assets Act has already been passed and the legislature has not followed the path of a complete ban on cryptocurrency, but only limits its use and the possibility of civil law turnover,” Darbinyan concluded.
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