BlockFi settles with the SEC, Russia’s CBDC trials begin and Cointelegraph releases its 2022 top-100 list: Hodler’s Digest, Feb. 13-19

Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week $1T opportunity: JPMorgan becomes first major bank in the metaverse […]

US sanctions Russia’s largest darknet market and crypto exchange Garantex

The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has announced it will impose sanctions on darknet market Hydra and virtual currency exchange Garantex. In a Tuesday announcement, the Treasury Department said it had worked with the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue […]

Russia’s Ministry of Justice Latest to Criticize Proposed Crypto Ban

Russia’s new draft bill prohibiting crypto operations in the country has again suffered a less-than-glowing review from an arm of government.  The nation’s Ministry of Justice opposed the draft new regulation Tuesday, a week after the Ministry of Economic Development also criticized it. The bill was introduced by lawmakers in March but is broadly believed […]

Russia’s Supreme Court Makes ‘Landmark’ Vote With Blockchain System from Kapersky Lab

Russia’s Supreme Court for the first time used a blockchain-based system to record votes in a plenary session on Friday. According to a press release, judges used the Polys app from Kaspersky Lab to record the results of voting on six issues before the court. The session was the latest to take place as a […]

Russia’s Economy Ministry Calls for ‘Controllable Market’ Rather Than Crypto Ban

Russia’s economics ministry is pushing back against a planned ban on cryptocurrency.  In a letter to the country’s parliament, the nation’s Ministry of Economic Development criticized a package of draft bills recently introduced by lawmakers. If passed, Russia would at last have its first regulatory regime for crypto and digital assets – but would also […]

Russia’s Central Bank to Launch Blockchain-Powered Digital Mortgage Platform

The Central Bank of Russia is reportedly developing a digital mortgage platform powered by a domestically developed blockchain called Masterchain, local state-owned news agency Ria reported on May 28. According to Olga Skorobogatova, first deputy governor at the central bank, Masterchain has recently started to support digital mortgages, which forms a foundation for the upcoming […]

Russia’s Biggest Bank is Buying 5000 Blockchain ATMs That Can Mine Crypto

Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, has called for tenders to provide 4,917 ATMs with a built-in graphic card capable of supporting “blockchain operations”. Cointelegraph spoke with two experts who said the most obvious use case for a blockchain optimized graphics card is mining cryptocurrency. Sberbank is Russia’s oldest and largest bank and holds almost 44% of […]

Russia’s Richest Man is Launching His Own Crypto Token

Billionaire Vladimir Potanin has received approval from the Russian central bank to launch his own blockchain-based platform and token to be used by consumers, Bloomberg reports. Oligarch Brings Blockchain to the Masses Vladimir Potanin, who recently became the richest man in Russia as per Forbes, wants to expand his blockchain platform by launching his own […]