Russian patriots ask to ban cryptocoins

Representatives of Russian business community believe that only national currencies controlled by state should exist
16 October 2017   749

Entrepreneurs association "Avanti" promotes a so-called business patriotism. On their website they state that their goal is to unite entrepreneurs in the real sector of Russian economy in order to promote the development of a free competitive market, domestic production, a fair and efficient social market system and business patriotism supporting interest of the Russian Federation.

“Avanti” suggests to legislatively establish the use of only domestic crypto-currency, a so-called cryptoruble, which has not yet been released.

In their letter to the Federation Council and the State Duma, the representatives of the organisation state that the anonymity of transactions while using foreign crypto-currency can become a source of financing shadow economy, which can lead to negative consequences for the political and economic development of the Russian Federation.

Those processes stimulate development of not only shadow economy but they are capable of generating new forms of "universal evil", such as terrorism, human and drug traffic. 
 

Rahman Yansukov
Head, Avanti

Cryptoruble became the issue under discussion after Russian president spoke about the need to create a national crypto currency, and the Minister of Communications emphasized its parameters such as:

  • it is to be created using Russian cryptography
  • it is not to be mined
  • the issue is to be regulated by the state
  • the blockchain is to be closed

It’s not the first time when entrepreneurs association "Avanti" plays upon the feeling of patriotism.

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In August of 2017, the association proposed to release of a limited series of 10,000 ruble banknotes with the image of President Vladimir Putin, trying to inspire a patriotic opposition to sanctions, but this idea was never implemented.

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   51

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.