Pavel Durov: I'm Using Bitcoin to Neutralize Russia’s Telegram Ban

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Russia’s Telegram ban officially went into effect this week, but the encrypted messaging app is fighting back against the government censors -- and it’s using Bitcoin to power those efforts. Telegram founder Pavel Durov revealed Tuesday that he has begun distributing Bitcoin grants to groups and organizations operating virtual private networks (VPNs) and other proxy services that help users...

Bitcoin Exchange BTC-E Blocked by Russian Regulator


European bitcoin exchange operator BTC-e has revealed that users in the Russian Federation won’t get access to its website following a ban imposed by a Russian regulator today. In what may be sign of things to come prior to the review of a draft bill that seeks a Bitcoin ban by the Russian legislature , the official twitter account of European bitcoin and alt coins exchange BTC-e has revealed...

Russia's Bitcoin Website Ban Overturned in Russian Court


Russia has been in the news for many reasons over the last year, from the military conflict in the Ukraine to the Russian Ruble falling in value by over 50% in 2014. Russia has also developed issues with the digital currency Bitcoin, as far as the government and their aims to ban it. Their views on Bitcoin may be tied to the devaluation issues plaguing the Ruble, and the government's need to...

Russia Has Blocked Several Bitcoin Sites in Preperation for Russian Bitcoin Ban


The Russian Bitcoin Ban is still incoming, so it seems. Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor has finally acted on a court order from 2014. Russia is currently blocking access to several (seven at last count) Bitcoin-related sites. These websites have been blocked because Bitcoin contributes to the growth of the shadow economy." Some feel that this is just a warm-up for the upcoming Russian...