This is the third time when the authorities do it but now it is explained by the fact that BTC is a means of payment and accumulation, prohibited in Russia.
Users can still employ the service by means of VPNs.
Roskomnadzor blocked the Bestchange.ru website for the third time. His representative told the RBC-Crypto correspondent that the reason for it was the offer to buy BTC. The notice states that BTC is a means of payment and accumulation prohibited in Russia.
Previously, it happened in March 2019. Then the decree said that the posting of information about bitcoin in the public domain is contrary to federal laws and is prohibited in Russia. Two months later, the blocking was removed, and the site was removed from the banned register.
Three years ago Bestchange.ru was blocked for the first time. It was in 2017. The resolution was canceled in April 2018. All this time, the portal continued to work due to technical methods of bypassing the blocking.
In the summer, President Vladimir Putin signed the Law on Digital Financial Assets. The new rules, which will define cryptocurrencies and prohibit their use as a means of payment, will enter into force on January 1, 2021.
Bestchange.ru is one of the biggest resources with over 3.3 million users at the time of writing. It offers a list of exchange services and provides ratings for the exchanges.