Most of our readers will be aware of the fact that Russia doesn’t like Bitcoin, or any other digital currency. Or, to be more precise, the Russian government has outlawed Bitcoin activities and started blocking access to Bitcoin-related websites, as of a few months ago. Needless to say, this does not sit well with the Russian Bitcoin enthusiasts, and a court case to remove this blockade is underway.
Blocking Bitcoin Websites
Despite Russia being far less communistic than it used to be during the Cold War, there is still a lot of distrust when it comes to adopting new technologies. Especially if it’s such a disruptive technology that it could undermine the current financial system, which is something Russian government would love to remain in control of for eternity.
When the announcement was made that Russia had officially banned all digital currency-related activities, several people assumed this was the end of Bitcoin. But, nothing could be farther from the truth, as Bitcoin always finds a way to route around blockades, just like the Internet does, as well.
At this point in time, several Russian citizens and companies have started, openly, being involved in Bitcoin-related efforts, such as conferences, blogs and services. However, their efforts are being quickly thwarted, as Russian officials started blocking access to certain Bitcoin-related websites a few months ago.
The Actual Trial
This brings us to yesterday, the very first day of a court case to nullify the ban plaguing Bitcoin-related websites. With attendees from prominent Russian Bitcoin efforts in attendance – such as BTCSec.com and BitcoinConf.ru – two direct victims of this ban were present to plead their case in person.
But, that is not all, as an official prosecution attorney was also attending the court case. The prosecution office did not require the affected websites to be blocked and requested a termination of the original appeal. Furthermore, the prosecution office claims that affected websites can only be blocked due to a particular demand, which still remains unclear to date.
“I’m expecting the decision of blocking BTCsec.com to be cancelled as I deem it illicit, and think the whole trial involved evident flaws. One should remember that cryptocurrencies are not banned in Russia for now, and information concerning them cannot be considered an information forbidden for distribution within the Russian Federation. I believe they stand to win,” Ivan Tikhonov, Creator of Bits.media told DigitalMoneyTimes.
Hearings of this case will be performed under general trial jurisdiction. The next session in this court case will take place on May 15th 2015. DigitalMoneyTimes will be keeping an eye on these proceedings, and keeping our readers updated as soon as we receive more information regarding the matter.
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