Russia: New Law Would Let Police Confiscate Bitcoin From 2021
William Suberg's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 59%
Russia is planning on creating legal statutes allowing the government to achieve the impossible: confiscation of Bitcoin. As local financial news outlet RBC reported on Nov. 7 citing sources familiar with the matter, Russia's interior ministry will work with various state organs to draw up the plans, which could enter into law in 2021.Confiscating the non-confiscatable.
Russia has yet to implement its long-awaited package of laws regarding cryptocurrency, which has seen multiple delays. According to various parties speaking to RBC, crypto would need legal recognition before the government could justify legal grounds to confiscate it as part of judicial proceedings. The plans thus speak to a potential lack of understanding of how decentralized cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin operate.
At the same time, Russia appears permissive to other facets of cryptocurrency. One of president Vladimir Putin's own aides has revealed he wants to control 20% of Bitcoin mining production from a new farm located in the country's northwest.
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