The country’s supervisory body for telecommunication, internet and mass media, Roskomnadzor has recently issued an order banning access to LocalBitcoins in Russia. The government body’s move came as a surprise to both LocalBitcoins and the country’s Bitcoin community, mainly due to the timing of the ban.
The order to block access to the Bitcoin platform follows a recent statement by the country’s deputy finance minister, Alexei Moiseev. In a recent speech, Moiseev indefinitely postponed the implementation of draft Bitcoin regulation, pending review from the ministry and cryptocurrency experts. The ban on LocalBitcoins has come at the time when the community was expecting the government to have more relaxed outlook towards the digital currency.
But all is not lost, as the peer-to-peer Bitcoin trading platform has published a detailed post, explaining ways to circumvent the blockade.
How to Access LocalBitcoins in Russia
The blockade is applicable to any traffic originating from Russian based IPs. In order to be able to access LocalBitcoins, one has to use a proxy connection, using “anonymizing services”(debatable) like TOR network or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. By establishing a connection to LocalBitcoins’ server through a different IP location, users can continue trading