Roskomnadzor has blocked an alternative domain of the P2P exchange LocalBitcoins
The popular peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange LocalBitcoins turned out to be unavailable in the Russian Federation at the alternative address localbitcoins.net. This, in particular, was noticed by Russian-speaking users under one of the LocalBitcoins messages on Twitter.
The reason for blocking the exchange was immediately two decisions of the courts in the Arkhangelsk region. The first was pronounced by the Onega City Court on July 21, 2020, the second – by the Nyandomsky District Court on August 18, according to information on the Roskomnadzor website.
In its decision, the Onega court refers to Article 27 of Federal Law No. 86-FZ “On the Central Bank of the Russian Federation”, according to which “the official monetary unit (currency) of the Russian Federation is the ruble and the introduction of other monetary units in the territory of the Russian Federation and the issuance of monetary surrogates are prohibited “.
“The above legal norms, in their interconnection, provide for a ban on the dissemination of information containing an offer to purchase electronic currency,” the document says. – In violation of the above norms, the sites contain information containing an offer to purchase electronic currency Bitcoin (bitcoin), not provided with real value, and does not contain information about its holders, which is contrary to federal law “.
Together with LocalBitcoins, at the request of the Interdistrict Prosecutor’s Office, a block was imposed on several crypto exchangers.
The Nyandoma District Court has qualified LocalBitcoins’ activities as an “economic crime.” The text of the decision is missing.
Clients of the exchange were offered to use the localbitcoins.net domain along with other methods of bypassing the blocking after in 2016 its main address was also blocked on the territory of the Russian Federation by a court decision.
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