A regional Russian Court recently started a trial related to the blocking of multiple Bitcoin websites at the start of this year.
Soon after facing an unapologetic ban from Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor, the owners of both btcsec.com and bitconf.ru filed a motion against the watchdog, implying that there websites were not involved under any sort of activity that involved selling/buying digital currencies. During the time of the ban, Roskomnadzor cited a court order that influenced them to act upon the aforementioned websites. The order, written in Russian, was translated to be something like this:
“Introduction in Russia of other monetary units and production of money substitutes is prohibited. In such circumstances cryptocurrencies including ‘bitcoin’ are money substitutes, contribute to the growth of the shadow economy and can not be used by citizens and legal persons on the territory of the Russian Federation.”
In its defense, bitconf.ru cleared that its domain was only distributing news related to a Moscow Bitcoin Conference. On the other hand, it was btcsec.com that suggested to initiate a court case against the authorities involved in this assumptive unlawful ban. The creator of BTCSEC, Ivan Tikhinov, said that the basis of this entire ban was illicit and therefore deserves to be taken before the law for its flaw.
“One should remember that cryptocurrencies are not banned in Russia for now, and no information concerning them cannot be considered an information forbidden for distribution within the Russian Federation,” he added. “I believe they stand to win.”
BTCSEC only listed news and general information on Bitcoin. Quite amusingly, Roskomnadzor could also have been allowed to ban a Wikipedia page for distributing Bitcoin content, if the same logic could be entertained.
The next session of the trial will be conducted on May 15th.