Russia to negotiate Venezuela about Using ‘El Petro’

Venezuelan Foreign Ministry reported that Petro is being regarded by Russia as an instrument of international transactions
04 April 2018   880

The cryptocurrency Petro was launched by the government of Venezuela in February 2018. A number of issues is reviewed at a Russian-Venezuelan high-level intergovernmental meeting which takes place in Caracas. Among the problems to discuss are bilateral cooperation in the military area, railroad projects in Venezuela, and food production.The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela is also adding the cryptocurrency Petro to the discourse. 

The conference objects at strengthening the the 2 countries` union and the partnership conception of major companies, such as the Petromonagas project between Russian energy company Rosneft and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA). Petro is reckoned as a possibility to consolidate the strategic alliance and the trade relations between Venezuela and Russia.

According to the information published in Time magazine, there is an evidence to suppose that the Venezuelan oil-backed cryptocurrency was helped into creation by Russian businessmen, officials and bankers. The  hypothesis is that Russia aims to use the currency as an experiment in bypassing US sanctions.

Despite Petro is a national cryptocurrency, there is constantly growing request for Bitcoin in Venezuela. The country is suffered by huge inflation, which makes the Venezuelan people to look for safe ways of keeping value. Another kind of cryptocurrency is also planned to be launched in Venezuela.  It is supposed to be backed by gold and other precious metals. Like with Petro, cryptocurrency enthusiasts argue that a centralized government creating a decentralized currency breaks the purpose of the technology completely. 

The US officials have admonished investors that Petro comes to be an extension of credit to the Venezuelan government. President Donald Trump let the law prohibiting US citizens from involving in transactions with Petro as part of a current campaign to pressure the Venezuelan government.

Bear Market to Hit Mining Hard

BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of market decline on the mining industry
11 December 2018   63

The cryptocurrency market has experienced a marked decline over the past weeks. The BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of these events on the mining industry. Bitcoin hash rate has fallen by 31% since the beginning of November, which is equivalent to the capacity of 1.3 million Bitmain S9 devices. From this, BitMEX concludes that miners as a class are in a difficult situation, however, they may have different conditions, and those who pay more for electricity, are forced to turn off their equipment first, while others may still be quite viable.

The decrease in the price of Bitcoin by 45% since the beginning of November has already caused two recalculations of the complexity of mining to the lower side - by 7.4% and 15.1% on November 16 and December 3, respectively. The first recalculation turned out to be the largest since January 2013, the second - since October 2011.

Bitcoin mining revenue fell from $ 13 million per day in early November to $ 6 million per day in early December. The fall in the size of the miner's encouragement turned out to be even more rapid than the fall in the price of cryptocurrency. This is due to the delay in recalculating the complexity of mining. For the six-day period ending December 3, 21.8% fewer blocks were mined than expected, since the miners left the network before recalculating the difficulty. As a result, in addition to reducing the size of the miners' encouragement in dollar terms, due to lower asset prices, they received 21.8% less bitcoin awards.

One of the popular reasons for the recent decline in the cryptocurrency market is that miners sold bitcoins to cover their costs of hash warsin the Bitcoin Cash network. The monitoring platform Boltzmann recorded an unusually large sale of Bitcoin by the miner on November 12, that is, 3 days before the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash.

BitMEX assumes that the actions of miners over the past weeks could have played a significant role in reducing the market, however, recommends not overestimating their value and reminds that in a bearish trend, prices continue to fall regardless of asset movements and news.