A court in Russia’s Perm region has decided to block a number of websites describing how to convert cryptocurrencies into fiat cash. Local prosecutors claim that disseminating this type of information in Russia is against the law as it could facilitate the laundering of illegal funds.
Kungur City Court bans crypto-related websites
The Kungur City Court in Russia’s Perm region has granted a motion filed by the Beryozovsky District Prosecutor’s Office to block several websites describing various methods of withdrawing Bitcoin. Prosecutors who discovered the crypto platforms insist that posting such content is against Russian legislation combating legalization of the proceeds of crime.
“It was found that information on methods of withdrawing Bitcoin cryptocurrency was freely available for viewing and use on certain Internet resources,” a Press release explained, further note:
Since the legislation regards the exchange of virtual currencies as a potential involvement in dubious transactions, the prosecution has filed an administrative complaint with the court demanding that access to this information be restricted.
The number of affected websites and their domain names were not disclosed, but Forklog did quoted According to the prosecutor, five such applications have been made since the beginning of the year. One of the claims, according to the publication, concerns a YouTube video describing ways to exchange Bitcoin for Russian rubles.
Russia’s crackdown on Bitcoin websites continues
Access to the websites, which are subject to the latest ruling by the Kungur City Court, will be restricted after the ruling goes into effect, the Perm prosecutor said without providing further details. The banned websites will join a growing number of crypto-related outlets that have been closed by Russian authorities in recent years.
Last August, the Russian media watchdog announced Roskomnadzor blocked a crypto exchange monitoring website, Bestchange.ru, for the third time the platform went offline, Bitcoin.com News reported. The popular website helps Russian-speaking users find the best crypto-fiat exchange rates available. Roskomnadzor’s attempts to blacklist the aggregator began back in 2017.
In March 2020, the agency added five crypto websites to its register of prohibited internet sources. The platforms offered various services, from crypto exchanges to mobile top-ups with Bitcoin, including an information portal. The Forum Section of the crypto news agency Bits.media was also targeted.
Crypto website operators have successfully challenged some of these censorship measures in Russian courts in the past. In March 2018, the Saint Petersburg City Court lifted a ban on 40 websites that publish information and offer services related to cryptocurrencies. In April of the same year, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation overturned a decision to block the Bitcoininfo.ru portal. In May 2019, Roskomnadzor was forced to remove Bestchange.ru from its blacklist after prosecutors abandoned efforts to block the website.
What do you think of Russia’s attempts to block crypto-related websites? Do share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.
Photo credits: Shutterstock, Pixabay, Wiki Commons
Disclaimer of liability: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a direct offer or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell, or a recommendation or endorsement for any product, service, or company. Bitcoin.com does not provide investment, tax, legal or accounting advice. Neither the company nor the author are directly or indirectly responsible for any damage or loss caused or allegedly caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article.