The Russian company seized the cryptomats at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office

The Russian company seized the cryptomats at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office


BBFpro, which owned 22 cryptomats in nine Russian cities, complained that all of its equipment was seized by police officers. This is written by RBC with reference to the lawyer of the Center for Digital Rights Sarkis Darbinyan, representing the interests of the company.

According to the head of BBFpro Artem Bedarev, his company did not receive any notifications from the prosecutor’s office.

“Verbally it is reported that the inspection will be conducted for at least six months and will not be returned to its end,” Bedarev said, adding that one of the policemen who conducted the seizure reported that the check was carried out on behalf of the Prosecutor General’s Office on the basis of a letter from the Central Bank.

Bedarev explained that they want to understand the principles of the terminals, including how the exchange rate is determined and the personal data is processed, and whether “operators carry out actions to counteract money laundering and financing of terrorism.”

Darbinyan said he sees no reason for such actions on the part of the police and prosecutors, since there is no ban on the purchase of cryptocurrency in Russian legislation, and BBFpro conducts its activities in the legal field, pays taxes and even identifies customers, although it does not have to.

Terminals BBFpro allow you to purchase a cryptocurrency for up to 15,000 rubles, while the number of transactions for one user is not limited. They determine the bitcoin rate in accordance with the EXMO market and, in addition to the standard transaction processing fee, charge a commission of 6%. The company intended to realize the possibility of selling the crypto currency through its terminals, but now this issue has been postponed for an indefinite period.

According to Darbinyan, BBFpro intends to appeal against the actions of law enforcement officers, which entail “both reputational costs and direct economic damage.” In this case, the operator of the RusBit cryptomat network, Malavita Corporation, reports that he currently does not have such problems.

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