Russian court orders to review ban of crypto websites
The Supreme Court of Russia has ordered the City Court of St. Petersburg to consider an appeal to a petition regarding the ban of a cryptocurrency information website.
Initially, in 2016, the Vyborgsky District Court in St. Peterburg granted the application from the prosecution to block bitcoininfo.ru website. Later the court found that the information available on the website regarding digital coins violates the Federal Act “On the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (The Bank of Russia).”
Further, in July 2017, the Oktyabrsky District Court in St. Petersburg ordered to block 40 other websites giving information about cryptocurrency claiming the websites encouraged shadow economy to grow.
Also, that liberal use of digital tokens can increase the trade of drugs, weapons, forged documents and other illegal activities.
Recently in 2018, St. Petersburg City Court ordered to review the appeal and suspended the decision, to unblock the website till then.
Earlier this week, Russia banned the popular messaging app Telegram. However, several users claim that the app is functioning currently and has in-turn affected applications including Microsoft updates, Xbox Live, and the website of Roskomnadzor, the agency charged with implementing the ban.
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