UK Government to Study Blockchain Adoption

The House of Lords has published a report about adoption of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) across government services
28 November 2017   986

The House of Lords, the upper house of the U.K. parliament, has published a report stating that government of the UK should take a leading role in the practical testing and application of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) across the public and private sectors in the service of the UK, its businesses and its citizens.

Our working hypothesis is that DLT can play a valuable part in enhancing the delivery of government services to the citizens of the U.K., in securing the U.K.'s competitive position as a global leader in technology‐based innovation and in protecting the security of government and citizens; data at a time when both are increasingly under threat.


Lord Christopher Holmes

According to the report, DLT could have possible applications across sectors including customs and immigration, national security and public safety, healthcare, cybersecurity and more.

Government assumes that the use of DLT could improve the relationship between the government and citizens through its decentralized trust mechanisms. However, the report argues that the technology is still "immature", stressing the risks from initial coin offerings (ICOs).

Vinnik Extradtion to France to be Supported by SCoG

Alexander is holding the hunger strike for 24 days and lost around 9 kilos
19 December 2018   21

Following the trial court of the city of Thessaloniki, the Greek Areopagus decided to extradite Alexander Vinnik, suspected of laundering $ 4 billion through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange, to France. Thus, the appeal of Russian lawyers was rejected, reports TASS referring to the chairman of the court Angelique Aliferopoul.

After the announcement of the verdict, Alexander Vinnik declared that he would continue the hunger strike against the arbitrary rule of the Greek authorities, which began in mid-November.

I have been starving for 24 days. Yesterday I was weighed; according to the documents, I lost 8 kg. But they did not immediately begin to weigh me, only on the third day. So I lost 9 kg. If I'll be extradited to Moscow, I will stop starving.

Alexander Vinnik


Alexander Vinnik was detained in Greece at the request of the American authorities on July 25, 2017. In June 2018, Vinnik was arrested in absentia in Russia on charges of cyber fraud on a large scale.

At the moment, there have been several court decisions on the extradition of Vinnik - at the request of the United States, at the request of France and two decisions at the request of Russia. The final decision on the case will take the Minister of Justice of Greece.