The Roskomnador, Russia’s federal administrator of telecommunications and the internet has blocked access to prominent peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange platform LocalBitcoins.
In a move that won’t come as a surprise to the cryptocurrency community, Russia’s telecom regulator has blocked access to popular over-the-counter and P2P bitcoin exchange platform LocalBitcoins.
Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications) has effectively blacklisted LocalBitcoins’ domain, rendering it inaccessible via Russian ISPs. A quick look at Roskomnadzor’s records shows that the website’s blacklisting was authorized over two months ago, in June 2016.
In a blog post, the platform revealed that it did not see the ban coming. It read:
For us, as well as for you, this decision was very unexpected.
The post then promptly proceeded to provide instructions for bypassing the block, with the recommended use of a VPN and/or the Tor network.
The platform has seen crippling regulation in the past, such as its notable exit from New York state after the mandatory requirement of the state’s BitLicense,