Russia blocks bitcoin websites as potential ban looms

Gigaom

The Russian telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked access to five bitcoin-related websites, and has not yet given any reason for doing so.

The sites include Bitcoin.org, a primary community resource for the cryptocurrency that’s run by the Bitcoin Foundation, the Bitcoin.it community wiki, the Russian-language BTCsec.com security site, the London-incorporated Indacoin exchange, and Russian bitcoin community site Coinspot.ru — although the same service’s Coinspot.io address is not blocked, according to Roskomnadzor’s handy site-block checker.

Roskomnadzor has the power to order ISPs to restrict access to certain sites. Tuesday’s blockages follow a court order dating back to September 30th last year, although they were only enforced today. In a blog post, the Coinspot.io team said no-one had contacted them directly about the court order and they had no idea what the court in the city of Nevyansk, which issued the order, had to do with “cryptocurrency and the…

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