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Russian federal authority blacklists Binance’s website

Roskomnadzor, the Russian federal authority responsible for the supervision of communications, information technology, and mass media in the country, has blacklisted Binance’s website.

Binance announced the news in its official Russian Telegram channel on Friday, saying that the exchange received a notification from Roskomnadzor on Thursday about the inclusion of Binance’s website, www.binance.com, in the regulator’s register for “containing information prohibited for distribution in Russia.”

Binance said it has been placed in the register possibly due to data distribution related to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

The Roskomnadzor register shows that Binance’s website entered the list on June 2, while the “access is not limited,” meaning the website can still be accessed in the country.

The Block could not independently check whether Binance’s website is accessible via a VPN. 

Binance said it continues to provide services to Russian users “in full and clients’ funds are safe.” As for the June inclusion, the exchange said it had not received any notifications from law enforcement agencies before Thursday.

Binance offers trading in six coins – BTC, ETH, XRP, BNB, BUSD, and USDT – via Russian ruble deposits. It is not immediately clear what the blacklist means in practical terms. The Block has reached out to Binance and will update this story should we hear back.

   

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