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Crimea Seeks Refuge in Cryptocurrency for Foreign Investment



The Crimean government is trying out different options to avoid sanctions and now considers crypto investments fund for foreign investors onsite of Russia’s sanctions. The Crimea government gained little international recognition and have been administered as part of the Russian Federation since 2014.
The Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Georgy Muradov, told a group of journalists on Wednesday:
“We are discussing ways to avoid sanctions. One of these methods is the creation of a cryptocurrency investment fund in Crimea where we will accumulate cryptocurrency resources, transfer them to normal money, and then use them for the realization of any kind of investment projects on Crimean soil.”

Muradov was also quoted saying, “is a way of avoiding settlements in US dollars, Euros, from currency restrictions with respect to Crimea.” The subject matter which he claims would be brought up during the Yalta International Economic Forum will have foreign investment in the Crimean economy as one of the key points of discussion. Muradov added that throughout the course of the conference, they hope to secure ten investment agreements between various foreign and Crimean companies.
Meanwhile, the Russian government has blocked Telegram which is one of the crypto community’s favored messenger app. To ensure the ban was successful, nearly 20 mln IP addresses have been blocked by communications authority Roskomnadzor. Although the effort did not yield complete success as most users report that the app still functions without applying additional means to circumvent the block, like proxy or VPN services. Telegram was not the only one affected as other websites are down due to the Roskomnadzor’s IP blocking. Websites such as Xbox Live, Microsoft updates, and Roskomnadzor own websites were momentarily down as well.
What’s your opinion, about this move? Do you think this move will help Crimea boycott the sanctions? let us hear from you!
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