Categories: Bitcoin Entertainment

Russia’s Media Watchdog Blocks Bitcoin Websites

Click here to view original web page at

Russia’s media watchdog has blocked access to a number of bitcoin-related sites, citing a court order from 30th September.

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) allows visitors to check whether or not a site is blacklisted. At press time,,, and bitcoin exchange Indacoin were blacklisted.

According to, Roskomnadzor cited a ruling of the district court of the city of Nevyansk, Sverdlovsk region, as the reason for the ban. The details behind the ruling and subsequent blacklisting remain unclear.

Crypto Currencies Foundation of Russia (CCFR) chairman Igor Chepkasov told CoinDesk the ruling is part of a much wider clampdown:

"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."

Blacklisted sites

Three of the sites CoinDesk found to be blocked are resource sites – is a community website sponsored by the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Wiki project on bitcoin, while is a Russian bitcoin community site, with news, discussion forums and other resources.

Chepkasov said none of the owners of the sites received any punitive statements and notifications, or official correspondence from the government and regulatory agencies official letters (including a list of of claims and recommendations about their elimination).

He called on enthusiasts to fight against such measures:

"Now that bitcoin enthusiasts and entrepreneurs are faced with real restrictions, we can see how the Russian bitcoin community is organised 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."

Roskomnadzor’s controversial policies

Roskomnadzor’s Internet blacklist came into effect in late 2012, after Russian lawmakers passed legislation allowing the agency to blacklist websites without a trial. At the time, the authorities said the blacklist would be used to protect minors from websites featuring sexual abuse of children, encouraging drug use, solicit children for pornography or advocate suicide.

However, it soon became apparent that the blacklist was used for more than the original law suggested. A number of Wikipedia articles have been blacklisted, along with certain GitHub pages, Facebook pages and other websites dealing with politically sensitive topics.

Last August, just weeks before the court ruling which led to the blacklisting, the Russian Ministry of Finance drafted a law banning bitcoin. Ministry officials later announced that Russia would pass the digital currency ban in the spring of 2015. However, in late December the country’s Ministry of Economic Development criticised the bill over its perceived vagueness and potential to harm retailers.

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) allows visitors to check whether or not a site is blacklisted . At press time, , ,  and bitcoin exchange Indacoin were blacklisted.

According to , Roskomnadzor cited a  ruling of the district court of the city of Nevyansk, Sverdlovsk region, as […]


Illuminati, Mason, Anonymous I'll never tell. I can tell you this, global power is shifting and those who have the new intelligence are working to acquire this new force. You matter naught except to yourself, therefore prepare for the least expected and make your place in the new world order.

Disqus Comments Loading...
Published by

Recent Posts

Overstock Will Champion Crypto Despite Cheerleader Byrne’s Exit

Overstock will continue its crypto and blockchain-centric focus despite Patrick Byrne's exit. | Source: YouTube By CCN Markets : Online… Read More

5 hours ago

59-Year-Old Fjällräven Evolves Retail Landscape by Using Blockchain-Based Cryptocurrency for Back-to-School

BOULDER, Colo. (August 22, 2019) — As brands seek ways to engage new, digital-native communities, Fjällräven, the Swedish heritage outdoor… Read More

5 hours ago

Refining The Travel Industry Through Blockchain

If you have travelled before, then you are aware of the myriads of companies that would be involved in a… Read More

5 hours ago

NBA & Blockchain: glimpse of the future?

These days it seems companies quite enjoy adding “2.0” to the end of everything: Internet 2.0, web 2.0, etc. Well,… Read More

5 hours ago

CNBC Analyst Explains Why He is Bearish on Bitcoin

Share Tweet Send Share Earlier this week CNBC Fast Money host Brian Kelly said he is short-term bearish on Bitcoin… Read More

5 hours ago

New York Gym Grit Bxng Accepts BTC Payments

Who would have ever thought that working out and bitcoin could ever go together? Well, thanks to a new Manhattan-based… Read More

11 hours ago

This website uses cookies. We use these cookies to collect data about your interaction with our website for the purpose of continuously improving your experience with our site. For more information we encourage you to read our privacy policy.

Read More