Russia is apparently having a hard time making up its mind about bitcoin. One minute it’s completely against it. Then, the very law laying out the disapproval is criticized and rejected. Now, citing a court order from September 2014, the country has blacklisted several more bitcoin addresses including three with a .ru domain: coinspot.ru, hasbitcoin.ru and bitcoinconf.ru.
The relationship almost feels like a bad marriage. The couple fights, they make up, and then they fight again. When will the cycle cease, and when is Russia going to officially decide if it wants a divorce?
Crypto Currencies Foundation of Russia (CCFR) chairman Igor Chepkasov spoke of the decision to blacklist the sites:
“Given the remoteness of the region and the features of the ruling’s execution, a court decision issued on September 30th and in the register of blocked sites as of 13th January, we can safely say that this is a dress rehearsal for the prohibition of bitcoin in Russia.”
Chepkasov went further in his statement to ask that all digital currency enthusiasts in Russia stand up against bitcoin blockage:
“Now that bitcoin enthusiasts and entrepreneurs are faced with real restrictions, we can see how the Russian bitcoin community is organized and whether it is ready to fight for its rights. On behalf of the CCFR, I urge all enthusiasts to unite and fight for their rights. I appeal to the victims and notify you that we are ready to provide them with all possible support – consulting, legal and other.”