Study Exposes How Russia, Iran, & China Are Weaponizing Crypto

It’s no secret that foes of the United States – including Venezuela, Iran, Russia, and China – are experimenting with cryptocurrency technology as they seek to render their economies immune to crippling US sanctions. However, a new study from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) exposes the lengths to which these rogue nations are […]

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Venezuelan Economist: Cryptocurrency Is ‘Good’ Money, Bolivars Are Not

The adoption of cryptocurrencies in Venezuela, first due to hyperinflation and later due to dollarization, could come to play a role in the country’s economic rebuilding. At least that’s according to Venezuela’s most outspoken economist on the subject of cryptocurrencies, professor Aaron Olmos, who dissected the reasons for his country’s current dependency on the US […]

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US Sanctions Squeezes Russia’s 3rd Biggest Bank into Freezing Venezuela Oil Firm’s Accounts

Russia’s third-biggest bank by assets Gazprombank has elected to freeze the bank accounts belonging to Venezuelan state oil firm Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), Reuters reports. Citing sources, the report indicated that the state-owned lender did so to lower its risks of coming under U.S. sanctions. Alongside China, Iran, Turkey and other countries, Russia is […]

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Report: Venezuela Is Forcibly Converting Pension Balances to the Petro

Venezuela has reportedly begun converting pensioners’ monthly payments into its controversial cryptocurrency, the petro. According to the Caracas Chronicles, an English-language politics and economics blog based in the country, the government has recently been taking the bolivares (the country’s current fiat currency) paid to its elderly residents and automatically swapping them for petros. Normally, a […]

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