Accrediting ICO Issuers
The Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media has submitted a proposal to accredit the issuers of initial coin offerings (ICOs) “on a voluntary basis for a period of five years,” the document reads.
This proposal details the procedure for accrediting organizations that issue digital tokens. It has been published on the Russian government’s portal of normative legal acts and the regulators are currently seeking public comments on the plan.
A digital token is defined in the proposal as “a record in a distributed information system created using cryptographic (encryption) means that certifies that the holder of the digital token has the right to receive from the person who posted the initial (initial) digital token of the initial (nominal) value token by presenting this token.” Under the proposal, Tass summarized:
The organization must comply with a number of criteria: registration in the territory of the Russian Federation in accordance with the legislation on state registration of legal entities; a charter capital of at least 100 million rubles; a license to develop, produce and distribute cryptographic funds; and a special account with a bank, obtained as a result of the sale of digital tokens.
The accredited ICO issuers are required to adopt a number of mandatory rules. Firstly, they must “redeem digital tokens at a nominal price from any bearer of a digital token on the basis of an irrevocable public offer,” the news outlet described. Secondly, they are obligated to “issue digital tokens for Russian rubles through a cashless settlement.” In addition, they have a “duty to use funds received from purchasers of digital tokens, only for purposes related to maintaining the ability to fulfill the obligation to redeem digital tokens at a nominal price.”
The publication further noted:
The Ministry of Communications will decide on accreditation or refusal of accreditation within 30 days after receiving the application. Accredited organizations will also be subject to inspections every three years (with the exception of unscheduled inspections) for compliance with the requirements of the provision.
Despite the strict requirements for would-be ICO issuers, the Minister of Communications and Mass Media, Nikolai Nikiforov, commented last week that “it is very important in all projects of the digital economy not to over-regulate what is just emerging,” according to Tass. RBC also quoted him describing:
We decided that we should go the way of accreditation and get some professional organizations to implement the first real projects. Otherwise, our country will become technologically backward.
Facebook Unexpectedly Plants Its Flag in Crypto-Friendly Switzerland
By CCN: Facebook has reportedly set up a fintech company dubbed Libra Networks in Switzerland. The move clearly correlates with the social media giant’s Project Libra.
According to Reuters, the focus of the fintech is on the blockchain, payments, data analytics, and investing.
Libra Networks, which was registered in Geneva on May 2, will provide financial and technology services. Also in its wheelhouse will be developing related hardware and software.
ANOTHER SECRET MOVE
Famed investor Michael Novogratz recently called Project Libra “stunningly important” to the crypto space.
Given Facebook’s history of boasting about its projects, you’d think it would be bragging about Project Libra. That’s not the case. The Switzerland move was done with no fanfare such as company press releases or blog posts. This seems to be the way Facebook has chosen to roll out its Project Libra.
It’s keeping close to the chest even where the project will be launched. In December, it hinted at plans to set up shop in India. Early reports suggest Zuckerberg’s cryptocurrency will facilitate overseas remittance payments for Indian WhatsApp users.
Facebook’s Secret Cryptocurrency Led by PayPal Alumni Just ‘Months Away’ from India Launch https://t.co/YfEzcEdux3
— CCN.com (@CCNMarkets) May 9, 2019
Facebook launched Project Libra more than a year ago to allow money transfers between WhatsApp users. Over time, however, the scope of the project has expanded. That includes the decision to include e-commerce payments on Facebook and other websites as well as rewards for viewing ads, shopping online, and interacting with content.
When all is done, Facebook hopes to have a stablecoin that is pegged to the value of a local currency.
Switzerland has long been recognized as a leading hub of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology, with the Swiss town of Zug referred to as “Crypto Valley” throughout the world.
'FaceBook Registers Secretive LIBRA Crypto Currency In Switzerland : Reuters
Possibly That Is Why Powerful Tech Lobby NASSCOM Urges RBI 2 Favor Bitcoin Start-Ups ! Floating Currency Is A Prerogative Of A Sovereign Nation So Like China Did Long Back All Should B Totally Banned !
— Madhav Apte (@madhav_apte) May 18, 2019
— Hot New Trending (@HotNewTrending) May 18, 2019
PRIVACY ISSUES HAUNT FACEBOOK
As Facebook was making arrangements for this Switzerland fintech, it was facing hiring problems on the domestic front. CCN reported that recruiters are complaining that it is increasingly harder to find talent for Facebook’s engineering jobs. Potential hires don’t like the myriad privacy issues that the social media platform has seemingly failed to get a handle on.
They’re taking their talents to other tech giants, like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
The project has also drawn scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers. They are concerned that Project Libra will be plagued by Facebook’s failure to adequately secure users’ data
Well-known Ponzi scheme, Bitconnect is set for a relaunch on July 1
It’s an interesting time in the crypto sphere. As the markets are setting new yearly highs and excitement builds around Bitcoin’s potential, news has begun circulating that someone is trying to revive BitConnect, a project best known for being a Ponzi scheme.
Bitconnect became one of the most hyped projects of 2017 after YouTube and Twitter personalities promoted the project to gain affiliate payouts. However, by 2018 it had become apparent that Bitconnect was a scam and a class action lawsuit was filed, followed by the arrest of the Asia head of Bitonnect.
As such, many were taken by surprise when Bitconnect 2.0 was announced late last year. While the website stated the infamous project would be relaunching soon, nothing of the sort has happened. However, as NullTX reports, an email has been doing the rounds which claims Bitconnect’s return is imminent. This is further corroborated by a tweet stating Bitcoinnect 2.0 will be officially launching on July 1, 2019.
Welcome everyone back to Bitconnect 2.0
We will launch Bitconnect2.0 on July 1st
visit our website for more Infoshttps://t.co/xKJ10yeYoP
— Bitconnect2.0 (@Bitconnect2_0) May 18, 2019
A quick search on WHOIS reveals the domain name will expire this time next month, meaning the domain name will be taken offline before Bitconnect 2.0 even launches. Considering no one knows who’s in control of the domain, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.
Medvedev: Crypto Regulations not a priority for Russia
- The Russian government is not thinking of regulating the cryptocurrency markets.
- Crypto trade may start again in the nation.
Many industries have been appealing the Russian government to formulate laws to operate the market for digital assets because of the regulatory uncertainty of cryptocurrency. It has become difficult for firms to do business. However, those people can do business in Russia anytime soon. Medvedev said in a legal conference in St Petersburg that formulating digital asset regulations “is no longer a priority for the state,” adding:
“Nowadays, the popularity of cryptocurrency has decreased, and regulatory issues may not be so relevant.”
However, Medvedev did not say that the lawmakers are entirely uninterested in cryptocurrencies. He noted that trading in the digital asset markets could go up again. If and when that happens, the regulators will renew their interest towards cryptocurrencies.