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Arkhipov LexisNexis AML Bitcoin 20_02_2014


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What kinds of electronic currency are present now? What are the main principles of Bitcoin? What is the most recent answer of the Russian regulatory bodies to cryptocurrencies?

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Arkhipov LexisNexis AML Bitcoin 20_02_2014

  1. 1. Electronic Currency New Horizons or Serious Risks? Vladislav Arkhipov Of Counsel, Ph. D. * 20 February 2014 AML Conference, LexisNexis Moscow * Vladislav Arkhipov is an associate professor at Saint Petersburg State University
  2. 2. A Relevant Problem 20 February 2014 2
  3. 3. Scope of Definition cryptocurrencies ALT E R N AT I V E ADDITIONAL digital money online games VIRTUAL © Alexandr Mitiuc - 20 February 2014 3
  4. 4. Legal Focus © Junial Enterprises - Electronic money – money which were provided in advance by one party to other party, while the latter keeps the record of the amount provided without opening a bank account in order to perform monetary obligations of the party who provided the money towards third parties with the use of electronic means of payment only. 20 February 2014 - Federal Law on National Payment System, Item 18, Article 3 4
  5. 5. Out of Control crypto currencies     Bitcoin Litecoin PPCoin Namecoin © intheskies - virtual currencies 20 February 2014 5
  6. 6. How Bitcoin Works? • No cover. Bitcoins do not imply advance payments. • Peer-to-Peer. Each node is both client and server. • Proof-of-work. Transactions form a sequence of e-signatures. Bitcoin per se can be viewed not as a payment, but as a record keeping system. 20 February 2014 6
  7. 7. Liberty Reserve Case Allegations Money laundering Spring 2013 © Rrraum - Unlicensed money transmitting business Liberty Reserve model involved using of own ‘digital currency’ as an anonymizing filter for money transfers 20 February 2014 7
  8. 8. Silk Road Case Allegations Drug trafficking Fall 2013 Soliciting murder Facilitating computer hacking Internet trade service hidden within the TOR network 144 000 BTC seized by FBI (USD 28 mil.) Money laundering © Erica Guilane-Nachez - 20 February 2014 8
  9. 9. Recent Interpretation Bitcoin: • Has no conver and no liable parties. • Is a quasi-money which are prohibited. • May imply money laundering and financing of terrorism. • Can lead to prosecution for aforesaid activities. © blankstock - - Press-Service of the Bank of Russia, 27 January 2014 20 February 2014 9
  10. 10. Political Aspect ‘What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party.’ © fotomek - - Satoshi Nakamoto Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, 2008 20 February 2014 10
  11. 11. The Future of Bitcoin © fotogestoeber - 20 February 2014 11
  12. 12. Thank you! Vladislav Arkhipov Of Counsel IP / IT/ Telecommunications Practice T: +7 812 325 84 44 F: +7 812 325 84 54 E: Join me in social networks! Dentons Northern Capital House 36 Moika Embankment 191186, St. Petersburg Russian Federation Facebook: vladislav.arkhipov.5 LinkedIn: VK: vladislav.arkhipov Twitter: gameponder
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