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US & EU Partner against Russian Elites for Crypto Use to Bypass Sanctions


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As a measure to deprive Russia economically and drain war resources, The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a statement. The statement urged people to be vigilant and bypass crypto sanctions in Russia.

On the other hand, EU President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted in this regard. She declared that EU and G7 countries will further restrict Russian elites by making ‘sure that the Russian state.

And its elites cannot use crypto assets, to circumvent the sanctions. The sanctions bring to light the use of crypto assets to bypass government regulations.

Add-On Measure After Earlier Imposed Sanctions

Due to Russia’s attack on Ukraine trading and economic sanctions were imposed on the Kremlin. Many in the crypto industry brought up the issue before lawmakers about Russia’s attempt to use crypto to circumvent the sanctions.

The OFAC statement involves multiple dimensions in its prohibitory order including ‘virtual currency exchanges, virtual wallet hosts, and other service providers.’

This includes virtual currency transactions in which blocked persons have an interest. The crypto sanction move shall also stop its transactions and exhaust the Russian elites.

OFAC ensured that by labelling banned crypto transactions involving the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation, or the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

The EU has made similar sanctions and clarified in their statement against the use of crypto assets by Russian elites.

Also, the EU clarified that crypto-assets fall under the scope of “transferable securities”. It further expands the existing financial restrictions by mirroring the measures already in place regarding Russia sanctions.

The EU also mentions in the same statement that loans and credits can be provided utilizing crypto assets. They also mentioned the sanctioned orders for ‘proper implementation of the restrictions in place’.

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Violation Of Crypto Sanctions Orders

Moreover, a few of the biggest crypto exchange platforms are not aligning themselves with the imposed crypto sanctions. And such firms continue to offer crypto transactions to Russian users. The platforms include big names like CoinBase and Binance.

Jahnavi Arora
Jahnavi Arora
Jahnavi is a freelance content writer.

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