What Else Would Russia Do to Cryptocurrency Community?
As recently as a week ago Sverdlovsk Oblast court discharged the order to ban several sites on cryptocurrency, thus encouraging local bitcoiners to celebrate this small yet important victory. However, everyone knew that the victory is but a tiny part of a great war against internet censorship.
Currently, among many others, bitnovosti.com and our Roskomsvoboda friends’ site rublacklist.net are banned.
ForkLog talked with spokespersons from Roskomsvoboda and Bitnovosti and with CCFR founder Igor Chepkasov to find out what’s actually going on.
Are Roskomnadzor actions legitimate?
Bitnovosti.com was banned a few hours after its owners received the respective notice which cannot but leave us wondering on legitimacy of the decision made. As Roskomsvoboda points out, legitimacy of such a dash banning depends on a law used as a basis for blocking.
Some say that bitnovosti.com banning was related to the article on money laundering published there. However, Roskomsvoboda spokespersons say, decision on blocking under provisions not related to the prohibited content as stated in the law On information cannot be performed by state entities without a court order.
Playing Cat and Mouse with Roskomnadzor
However, bitnovosti.com owners seem to have chosen another resistance strategy.
In addition, bitnovosti spokespersons recommended their Russian readers to make a principal choice whether to live in the swamp of Runet that gets increasingly enclosed against all kinds of ‘wrong information’ by censors, or find a road to the free internet.
Many will probably dislike that resolve, but it may seem reasonable at some point. Playing cat and mouse indeed can only exhaust site owners under continuous pressure from Roskomnadzor, they say at Roskomsvoboda.
Any Bitcoin site now has the same question in mind: what should we do if we receive the note? Boil in the same cauldron with the system, or take a French leave hoping for the readers’ awareness of methods to bypass blocking?
CCFR Founder Igor Chepkasov suppose that the state entities embarked on checking Russian bitcoin-community for strength. That’s why, continues Igor, one should not try to find any logic in actions of law enforcement and Russian courts.
ForkLog editorial board recommends its Russian readers to refresh their knowledge on bypassing blockages, and, hoping for the best, get ready for new censorship achievements of Russian officials. Bitcoin and technologies underlying it are intended for making not only finance, but information of any kind, more available and free, after all.
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