Author: Gerald Fenech

Police crack down on crypto ATMs across Russia

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology have been making steady advancements into the mainstream market in many countries around the world, but apparently, this was not the case in Russia. According to local media reports, Russian police have seized no less than 22 automated teller machines (ATMs) selling cryptocurrency in several cities in Russia last week.

Operated by the Bbfpro company, the machines were located in shopping malls, restaurants and stores in nine different Russian cities, Russian news outlet RBC reported, quoting Digital Rights Center lawyer Sarkis Darbinyan.

In a separate interview with Russian media outlets, Bbfpro manager Artem Bedarev claimed there was no notice from the Russian authorities prior to the crackdown, noting that the investigation would continue for at least another six months. The machines would not be returned to Bbfpro while the investigation is ongoing.

The operation was ordered by the Prosecutor’s General Office, acting on a request from the Central Bank of Russia (CBR), a government agent told local media outlets. A CBR officer, who declined to comment on the crypto ATM seizures, noted that the government agency conducts “systematic work to identify and counteract illegal activities in the financial market,” particularly since there is a high chance that uncontrolled cross-border fund transfers and cash outs involving cryptocurrencies can happen.

Darbinyan, however, pointed out that the Russian Federation’s current laws do not prohibit citizens from acquiring cryptocurrencies. Bbfpro, for its part, has been observing all legal procedures, paying its taxes, and verifying the identity of its customers even without prompt from the government.

Bbfpro plans to appeal the seizure operation, according to the lawyer.

On its website, Bbfpro said its machines support purchases of cryptocurrencies like BTC. The company works with crypto exchange Exmo, offering technical support for the ATMs. According to Bbfpro, installing one terminal costs 155,000 rubles ($2,300). It charges 1 percent on the registered turnover, which is considerably less than other crypto ATMs in other countries. For example in Malta, ATM operators charge no less than 8% on each transaction.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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Crypto market daily report – September 3, 2018

The cryptocurrency markets continued their impressive recovery on Monday with most coins showing positive increases after a positive weekend following many months of bearish activity. BTC held above the $7200 level after having even superseded the $7300 mark in a flurry of activity with turnover also increasing considerably.

Bitcoin Cash was the star of the show over the past 48 hours, rising by no less than 20% on Sunday to reach the $650 level before dropping back slightly to the $630 level on Monday morning at press time. Ripple remained stuck between the $0.33 and $0.35 range, but analysts have predicted a considerable move upwards in the coming weeks as interest and positive news surrounding the cryptocurrency continued to increase.

Ethereum was the only outlier in this positive move upwards with a price range that continued to hover between the $280 and the $300 mark, although there was very little movement either way. EOS performed an impressive climb of over 20% over the past few days –in fact it is around 35% up on a weekly basis to settle at the $6.50 mark with a further push upwards not unexpected.

Other coins with smaller market caps also saw a good increase with Ethereum Classic charging ahead and bullying the $14 level on Monday at press time—a level not seen since July. Litecoin registered a good increase to the $66 level before falling back slightly to the $65 mark but appeared well supported at that level. NEO was also up by over 15% over the weekend and was trading at the $22 level at press time, whilst XLM appeared slightly static with a trade range between the $0.22 and $0.23 levels. Cardano was slightly disappointing as it retraced slightly to the $0.103 level after having touched the $0.105 mark on Saturday or an 8% increase.

IOTA retained the $0.70 mark on Monday after having retraced slightly over the weekend, whilst ICX and ONT saw 5% declines to the $0.90 and $2.40 levels respectively. DASH also performed positively and held above the $200 mark although it decreased slightly over the past 24 hours by around 2%.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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