Switzerland Plans to Freeze Crypto Assets Held by Russian Nationals Within Its Borders: Report

Switzerland claims to have frozen bank accounts and physical assets owned by 223 Russians.

Switzerland Plans to Freeze Crypto Assets Held by Russian Nationals Within Its Borders: Report

Photo Credit: Unsplash/ Ronnie Schmutz

Switzerland has taken a strong stance against Russians holding cryptocurrency

Highlights
  • Japan could soon follow Switzerland, Singapore's move
  • Global crypto exchanges have denied requests to block Russian IPs
  • Singapore, South Korea has also announced crypto sanctions

Switzerland's federal government has decided to impose measures to freeze crypto assets owned by Russian individuals and businesses within the country's borders. The move comes hot on the heels of four European Union sanctions imposed by Brussels last week in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and while Ukraine's call on banning Russians from the crypto market was rejected by crypto exchange giants like Binance and Coinbase unless law required it, a host of local crypto exchanges in certain countries have decided to ban Russian IPs.

Swiss Finance Minister, Guy Parmelin, in a statement claims that Switzerland has frozen bank accounts and physical assets owned by 223 Russians, including close associates of President Vladimir Putin. “As of today, all four of the EU's sanctions packages have been adopted and implemented. Since Monday (February 28), bank accounts and assets of 223 Russians, including oligarchs and close Putin confidants, have been identified and frozen within the country,” Parmelin said.

A senior official at the finance ministry further mentioned that freezing crypto assets was essential because Switzerland wants to protect the integrity of its cryptocurrency industry. “If someone holds their crypto key themselves, then, wherever they are, it's going to be virtually impossible to identify them. But if they are using crypto services — funds, exchanges and so on — these service points we can target,” the official stated.

Switzerland's plans to freeze Russian-owned crypto assets was quickly followed by South Korea and Singapore over the weekend. Singapore announced sanctions against Russia, with the country restricting crypto transactions deemed to evade sanctions, while South Korean exchanges decided to bar Russian IP addresses.

While there's been no announcement made yet but Japan is also reportedly (via Japan Times) considering a similar move with the country's financial regulator and the industry body for cryptocurrencies beginning discussions to assess how sanctions can be effectively enforced against Russia.


What should you know about MWC 2022? We discuss this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

Cryptocurrency is an unregulated digital currency, not a legal tender and subject to market risks. The information provided in the article is not intended to be and does not constitute financial advice, trading advice or any other advice or recommendation of any sort offered or endorsed by NDTV. NDTV shall not be responsible for any loss arising from any investment based on any perceived recommendation, forecast or any other information contained in the article.

Affiliate links may be automatically generated - see our ethics statement for details.
Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Samsung Galaxy S22, Older Galaxy S-Series Phones Delisted by Geekbench Over Performance Throttling
Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment google-newsGoogle News

Advertisement

Follow Us

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2022. All rights reserved.