• Alexander Zhuravlev, managing partner of the Efficient Business Resources (EBR) law firm, chairman of the commission for the legal support of the digital economy in the Moscow branch of the Russian bar association, and cofounder of the additional education program at the Russian organization of BCL, or Blockchain Lawyers (via Alexander Zhuravlev).
    Europe

    ‘If legislation does not exist, is everything permitted?’: An in-depth look at Russia’s long path to crypto legislation

    Russia has been struggling to pass comprehensive cryptocurrency reform for over two years. With the bill on crowdfunding finally set to go into effect in 2020, what’s going on with the arguably more crypto-related bill on digital financial assets?

    Russia’s path to cryptocurrency legislation been long and complex, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary for a country seems to do a lot of things the hard way.

  • Cryptocurrencies,  Europe,  Libra,  Regulation,  United States

    Overwrought vs. overhyped: From France and America, dueling views of digital currencies

    Whether issued privately by Facebook’s or publicly by a central bank, digital currencies bring strong opinions and flights of rhetoric

    Flights of rhetoric surrounding Facebook’s Libra stablecoin and other digital currencies has reached impressive heights at times. But former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo took it beyond the stratosphere in an October 15 editorial, comparing the launch of an American central bank-backed digital currency to the Apollo 11 mission.

  • French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (via the government of France's website).
    Europe,  Libra,  Technology

    Vive the digital euro?

    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and ECB board member Benoît Coeure call for the EU to create its own digital currency

    Shortly after calling for a ban on Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire suggested the European Union should create its own digital currency.