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Russians began to buy more bitcoins, statistics P2P-platform LocalBitcoins

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Analysis of trading on the popular P2P platform for buying and selling Bitcoins LocalBitcoins shows that the trend for buying Bitcoins is increasing in Russia.

So, in a week, in the end of February – the beginning of March, the Russians acquired 3,600 Bitcoins, which is 1.8 times more than the former leader in this regard, Venezuela (1953 Bitcoins).

In the first half of March, Venezuela recorded a drop in the volume of purchases of bitcoins, including due to large-scale power cuts and the inaccessibility of the Internet.

If Russians continue to buy bitcoins at the current level, then in a month they will buy twice as many bitcoins than residents of Venezuela acquired in the first two months of this year. Russian spending on bitcoins in March only through LocalBitcoins can be about $ 70 million.

The United States ranks third in terms of turnover on this site (1807 bitcoins per week), in fourth place is Nigeria, whose residents buy an average of 130 bitcoins daily.

The growing popularity of Bitcoin in Russia can be caused by the tightening of the US sanctions regime: exactly the same trend is observed in Venezuela and Iran.

As it became known earlier, the “freezing” of Eurofinance Mosnarbank’s Visa and MasterCard bank cards demonstrated the effectiveness of US sanctions against the banking sector. Another factor in the growing popularity of LocalBitcoins is the lack of a legislative framework for cryptocurrency turnover.

Date of publication: 16.03.2019
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US SEC Commission: Some Stablecoins May Be Recognized to Securities

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According to Valery Schepanik, senior consultant for digital assets of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the norms of securities legislation may apply to certain types of glasscoins . Reported Decrypt .

According to Shchepanik’s classification, one stablecoin can be tied to real assets like gold or real estate, the other to fiat currency, and the third to use various “financial mechanisms that support price stability.” It is the third category, in its opinion, that can become the object of close attention of the regulator.

“I came across steyblokinoy, the value of which controls a certain pricing mechanism associated with the emission, creation or redemption of another type of digital assets tied to them. Or, it is supported by control over the ratio of supply and demand in order to keep prices in a certain range , ”said the SEC representative.

According to her, if the central side controls the steakblock's price volatility, or if the buyer is promised a guaranteed income or a controlled price, such an asset can be recognized as a security.

She noted that the agency applies equally to all cryptocurrency projects. Shchepanik also emphasized that companies should contact the agency for consultation before the release of the token , and not after:

“We would prefer that people turn to us for permission or advice before they do something, rather than do something first, and then come to ask for forgiveness.”

Publication date 18.03.2019
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Japan will consolidate the rules for cryptocurrency in the category of "cryptographic assets"

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Japan proposed amendments to the laws “On Financial Instruments and Exchanges” and “On Financial Settlements”. Thus, it is planned to consolidate a number of norms regulating the market for digital assets.

The Law “On Financial Instruments and Exchanges” is aimed at ensuring the transparency of markets and the safety of investors. It contains clear requirements for operations with derivatives and securities.

Several points may be added to Japanese law.

So, it is proposed to make cryptocurrency in a separate category – “cryptographic assets”. This is consistent with the definition adopted by the G-20 countries. Companies that deal with their exchange will receive the status of "agents for the exchange of cryptographic assets."

Cryptocurrency exchanges may be required to keep clients' funds in cold wallets. If for these purposes it is necessary to use the infrastructure that is connected to the Internet, then the assets should be provided with their own funds of the exchange.

Margin trading of digital assets is proposed to regulate by analogy with the markets of foreign currencies.

"In addition, cryptocurrency companies can prohibit the use of promotional materials that encourage speculation and indulge in dishonest practices (price manipulation, insider trading, etc.)."

Publication date 18.03.2019
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Ledger Nano S Wallet Receives Certificate of the French Cyber Security Agency

Ledger Nano S was the first hardware cryptograph certified by the French Information Systems Security Agency (ANSSI). Ledger is proud to announce that it is a wallet! The obtained CSPN certificate shows a third-party assessment of security, rather than taking our word for it. Read more here: https://t.co/PYrRcFt15u#DontTrustVerify […]

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Ledger Nano S was the first hardware cryptograph certified by the French Information Systems Security Agency (ANSSI).

As noted in the company's blog, the process of obtaining the first level of a security certificate involves evaluating a product according to several criteria, including "firewall, identification, authentication and access, security of communications and embedded software."

“We are proud to announce that ANSSI has passed independent certification ,” said Ledger CEO Eric Larshevek. “ For Ledger, safety is paramount.”

He also promised that his company would make an effort to certify the rest of its products.

Recall, recently the French manufacturer of hardware wallets Ledger reported vulnerabilities from its competitor Trezor.

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