Retail users may have to wait in much of the world, however.
The Russian Federation is a country in Eurasia. Russia's government maintains a mixed stance on Bitcoin, at several points proposing legislation to ban it outright, and then retracting those statements. Still, Russia enjoys a fair bit of Bitcoin mining, trading, and other business, even if a lot of it is done underground.
Some Russian public officials have to disclose their crypto holdings, while other officials are obliged to hold zero crypto by April 1, according to a new law.14926
Sberbank has applied with the Central Bank of Russia to launch a blockchain platform for its “Sbercoin” stablecoin.12409
The Binance website has been formally blacklisted in Russia since at least September 2020, but the restriction has not impacted Binance Russia trading.15855
A palladium fund founded by Norilsk Nickel will launch exchange-traded commodities for metals custodied using blockchain at the Deutsche Börse and London Stock Exchange.4097
Russian cryptocurrency exchange Livecoin has announced a full shutdown following an alleged hack in December 2020.6151
The world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel is joining a multi-stakeholder initiative that uses blockchain technology.4857
Anatoly Aksakov of the Russian State Duma suggested that global jurisdictions should ban Bitcoin as a payment method.11745
The Association of Russian Banks is worried about regulators being unable to track illicit transactions of an offline-enabled digital ruble.3863
Huobi partnered with fiat and crypto payment processor AdvCash to unlock deposits and withdrawals in the Russian ruble.3348
With the declared intent of reducing risk, the moves look to cut new investors off from opportunities to get out of the ruble.9748
Lowering CO2 emissions and lessening carbon-intensive approaches are the essential goals in global efforts to fight climate change.27454
Russian crypto exchange Livecoin claims that it has suffered a “carefully planned attack,” but some in the community suspect an exit scam.67812
Russian government appears to anticipate crypto issuance to explode in 2021 following the adoption of its major crypto bill.3721
Why have Bitcoin critics been so silent in 2020?7033