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Bitcoin [BTC], cryptos mined on open blockchains are illegitimate tools, claims Russia’s State Duma official

Yash Rajan



Bitcoin: Crypto Mining on Russian territory will lead to heavy fines
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Bitcoin has traditionally been mined over open blockchains around the globe. However, according to a recent report, mining over open blockchains will lead to heavy fines being imposed on Russian miners.

Previously, Russian Federation intended to open four locations to test advancements that did not fall under the domain of its present enactment. As per the bill sanctioned by the Economy ministry, administrative sandboxes were permitted to station bases in these particular areas.

This implied that organizations and firms were officially permitted to explore different avenues regarding digital currencies. These were granted permission to function, without really violating any government law.

However, following the announcement by Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman, State Duma Committee on Financial Market, crypto-fans in Russia are shocked. He said,

“I note that actions with cryptocurrency, unconditional due to Russian legislation, will be considered illegitimate. This means that mining, organizing production, circulation, creating exchange points for these tools will be prohibited. For this, administrative liability will be in the form of a fine. We believe that cryptocurrencies created on open blockchains – bitcoins, ethers, etc., are illegitimate tools.”

The Chairman stressed that Russians can still own the Bitcoins, even after the official ban over mining. If the Bitcoins were acquired under the Foreign law provision, it will not be considered an offense, he said.

Around the cryptoverse, the main issue revolved around the speed of transactions that were carried out over the blockchains. Aksakov, in reference to the rate of transactions, shared,

“A critical mass of actions and operations are now accumulating, which will allow Bitcoin to become popular again.”

The draft law was officially put forth before the Duma during the Spring session and will be passed in June, before it ends. After the law is passed, activities including cryptos that are not secured by Russian laws would be viewed as ill-conceived. This implies that mining of digital currencies would be prohibited and not adhering to the rules will result in heavy fines being imposed.

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ErisX goes all hands on deck to launch a Bitcoin Futures market




ErisX goes all-hands on deck to launch a Bitcoin Futures market
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ErisX’s CSO, Matt Trudeau, detailed the company’s four important plans for the future, which includes launching a spot market, to secure a Bit License, DCO, and to launch a futures market.

ErisX currently has a DCM contract, which is a Derivative Contract Market that allows ErisX to run a CFTC-regulated futures exchange. However, ErisX aims to get a DCO [Derivatives Organization], which will effectively allow it to run a CFTC-regulated clearinghouse. A clearinghouse would mean that ErisX can take control of the custody of the assets and clear and settled trades.

The CSO explained the benefit of this, stating,

“There is some efficiency for firms like producers [like mining companies]; if they need to hedge their inventory or need liquidity on a spot market, they could do that conveniently on a single platform. “

Trudeau added that from the “post-trade standpoint” and “the collateral management standpoint,” ErisX would have cash, crypto, and the futures, all stored in their clearinghouse. This would boost efficiency since it would be available for all customers under a single platform. The CSO added,

“… so there is some efficiency in terms of managing collateral, if you don’t have assets on  multiple platforms, it can all be in our clearinghouse.”

Apart from the aforementioned plans, Trudeau added that the crypto-industry needs to mature more and that ErisX plans to make a significant contribution to that. He added,

“The market is professionalizing and we think that in terms of what institutions are expecting from a trading/custody experience, we will bring some of the solutions to the market and that’s really the foundational pieces that they are looking in order to build their businesses on top of us.”

Apart from ErisX, LedgerX has also received a go-sign from the CFTC to settle Bitcoin Futures in Bitcoins. Other exchanges include Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt and Seed CX.

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