Cryptocurrencies may play a major role in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Russia could reportedly use crypto to evade Western sanctions, according to NPR.
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The sanctions announced by President Biden target Russian financial institutions, especially two of the country’s largest banks.
That hits nearly 80% of the banking assets in Russia, according to Treasury officials.
To get around those sanctions, Russian banks and oligarchs could put money into Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
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Lawyers say going that route still has complications, especially when trying to turn the cryptocurrency back into a regular currency in order to spend it.
Business partners would also have to agree to accept digital currency for payments.
At best, experts see it as a short-term solution.
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Coinbase, the largest US crypto exchange, said it is blocking IP addresses in areas affected by Western sanctions and working alongside authorities to ensure the sanctions are enforced, according to a statement to NPR.