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The court quashed the decision on blocking Bitcoin websites in Russia

Today was held the second and final meeting of the Sverdlovsk regional court on appeal on invalidation of the decision of the Nevyansk city court on blocking websites with information about cryptocurrencies and recognition of such information prohibited in the Russian Federation.

Let us recall that from 01.13.2015 Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications (Roskomnadzor) blocked the access to seven websites on the basis of the decision of the Nevyansk city court that these websites contain information, the dissemination of which is prohibited in the Russian Federation. On 01.26.2015 BTCsec.com and Bitcoinconf.ru applied for renewing the deadline for submitting an appeal, and the appeals themselves.

The court satisfied the complaints, and on April 24, 2015 in the regional court of Yekaterinburg, was held the first meeting. The prosecutors filed a motion for termination of proceedings on the appeal on the grounds that the prosecution did not require the blocking of access to resources but required to recognize the information not subject to dissemination.

BTCsec.com representative said that blocking of the website is a direct consequence of the recognition of the information posted on it not subject to dissemination, accordingly, BTCsec.com also is an interested party and can challenge the decision of the court. As a result of discussion the court refused the prosecutor in termination of proceedings on the appeal and decided to review a case according to the rules of the Court of First Instance.

During the second meeting the Prosecutor’s office filed a motion for refusal of its claims for those resources, which challenged the decision. At the same time the remaining resources, according to Prosecutor’s office, should’ve remained blocked.

Representatives of BTCsec.com and Bitcoinconf.ru announced arguments of the appeal and insisted on cancellation of the decision in full.

As a result of the proceedings the judicial panel decided to reverse the judgment of the Nevyansk city court. Thus, blocking of the resources about cryptocurrencies in January 2015 was declared illegal. Full text of the court decision will be made within 5 days. At the moment, there is only an audio recording of the hearing.

In effect this means cancellation of the decision that the information about cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin particularly is the information dissemination of which is prohibited in the Russian Federation.

Also the following websites must be enabled:
bitcoin.org
indacoin.com
coinspot.ru
hasbitcoin.ru
bitcoinconf.ru
bitcoin.it
btcsec.com

It is noteworthy that due to this judicial process we’ve succeeded not only in enabling of websites directly involved in the process, but also of the international website of bitcoin.org and bitcoin.it developers, which soon will be again available to users in Russia.

On behalf of the team we would like to thank:

– Bitcoin Security administration and Ivan Tikhonov personally.
– “Tolkachev and Partners” Law Company and Artem Tolkachev personally for representation in court.
– Smile Expoy for decision not to stand aside and to seek the cancelation of illegal decision in a judicial proceeding.
– Bitcoin Community for unconditional support, it is our common victory!
– Information resources and mass media which covered the course of this litigation.

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