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An executive order has been issued by the U.S. President Donald Trump to ban the US Citizens from buying Petro cryptocurrency. Petro is first state-issued cryptocurrency developed by the government of Venezuela.

Further more, Trump has issued strict orders to the Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, to implement this ban. Earlier this year, the Treasury Department also announced sanctions on four Venezuelan government officials.

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Why was Petro Launched?

The cryptocurrency Petro was launched in February 2018, which could be purchased through US dollars and euros. At the time of its launch, it was claimed to be backed by the oil and mineral reserves of the Venezuelan government. According to some critics, if investors once started buying Petro, it could easily support the official currency of Venezuela, which is steadily falling down mainly due to US-imposed financial sanctions.

Reason for Trump’s Ban on Petro

As mentioned above, the ban was an attempt to put pressure on the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his undue policies. As a result, the efforts of Maduro’s government to boost their foreign currency reserves have been greatly affected.

US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin stated that President Maduro destroyed the Venezuelan economy which gave rise to a destructive humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Instead of improving the present condition of their citizens, the Venezuelan government is trying to bypass the US sanctions through its Petro digital currency. In short, the Venezuelan President is trying to loot the resources of his people.

Effect of Trump’s ban on Petro

According to many critics, it is probably a quiet big blow for the Venezuelan government. Since most of the cryptocurrencies and their present market value is based upon the US dollar, so when we take the role of US out of that scene, the interest and potential rate for any of the cryptocurrency is also automatically reduced.

At a stage when Petro was struggled to create some serious interest among foreign governments, the ban by Trump will be extremely fatal. Earlier this year, Poland had also shown an interest in trading food and medicine with the Venezuelan government for the Petro, which was denied due to the sanctions imposed by the US president.

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What Is Tom Lee’s Latest Bitcoin Prediction?

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The so called bitcoin bull Tom Lee sees cryptocurrency market to experience a massive outflow before the cryptocurrency taxes closing. Tom Lee is considered to be an authority on the bitcoin as he is the Managing Partner and the Head of Research at Fundstrat Global Advisors. His views are considered to be quiet solid and authentic about the crypto business.

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Alongwith the above predictions Tom Lee has also very optimistic views about the crypto currencies specially the bitcoin. According to him the current positive amendments and announcements about the cryptocurrency are the main factors that can undoubtedly act as a catalysts for the growth of bitcoin in the year 2018. He further predicted that at least 3 major publicly-traded corporations would short sure issue their own native digital tokens. And this prediction has been took serious in terms of valid crypto news as three major companies have already announced their efforts within crypto-currencies.

 

There are also clear indications that all the major financial corporations might start moving towards crypto-currencies before Wall Street makes its mind to do so. The Rakuten Coin is a well elaborated example of this progress, it was launched by the Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. All these are the positive developments in terms of crypto market which are somehow related to the previous predictions made of Tom Lee.

Facts which do not Match Tom Lee’s Prediction

Though some of Lee’s predictions were a real good shot in the past but some of his famous flops in this regard should also be considered. For example the large sell-off in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies predicted by him at the start of this year was a total flop. The starting price of Bitcoin this year was above $17,500 which witnessed a rapid downfall to about $6,115 by February 6th. Though prices did recover with a steady pace but it was a shock for most of the investors which ultimately broke their heart.

 

Lee’s next price prediction for Bitcoin stands at $20,000 by June this year. He also gave a target of  $25,000 for the end of 2018. Other famous prediction by Tom Lee included that the famous social media network Facebook and ecommerce platform Amazon will announce its own crypto strategy this year.

Other Examples Cited By Lee

Some other significant examples cited by Lee are as follows:

 

Line, the famous Japanese messaging announced that it is going to launch “Line Financial”. It will be a division allowing users to exchange digital currencies.

Expected use of the blockchain technology by Starbucks. Moreover Mark Zuckerberg also announce in an online post this January that his company would look into cryptocurrencies this year

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What is in the Argument submitted by US Government in ICO Fraud Case?

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U.S. prosecutors have finally planned to submit their argument in an ICO Fraud. In fact it will prove to be an oversized argument. As we all know that Initial Coin Offering (ICO) refers to someone offering the crypto investors some new cryptocurrency units  or crypto-token in exchange against cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum.

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Background of that argument

Maksim Zaslavskiy is by birth United States citizen living in Brooklyn, NY. He is the founder of REcoin and Diamond Reserve Club. REcoin was designed in the form of an innovative token system where brokers, tenants and purchasers etc could purchase REcoin tokens to make easy a variety of real estate transactions. It was claimed that it will also allow users to enter into smart contracts – with the passage of time it all proved to be an illusion.

In Sept. 29, 2017 — the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused him with a fraud case investors in an initial coin offerings (ICOs).This fraud had a further links to investments in real estate and diamond industry. Maksim Zaslavskiy  was being alleged that the digital tokens offered by him did not really exist.

That’s why In September 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a suit against Maksim Zaslavskiy , and he was arrested and charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in November 2017. As the SEC suit stayed pending due to an outcome of that action, Maksim Zaslavskiy easily pled not guilty to the allegations filed against him. Now, it is in the news that Maksim Zaslavskiy is trying his best to dismiss the lawsuit against him. Maksim Zaslavskiy’s point of view is that tokens sold through an ICO are technically not considered as securities.

What is the statement of SEC?

The statement of SEC goes totally against Maksim Zaslavskiy. That’s the reason why the case of Maksim Zaslavskiy has set the stage for a U.S. federal court that whether token sales can be considered as securities or not.

Furthermore, the Department of Justice is going to submit a reminder that is expected to prove false the claim filed by Maksim Zaslavskiy. It is also in the news that this filing is expected to exceed the maximum size allowed by the court for such arguments, hence a request will also be submitted to grant an exception in that specific case. Though no further details on this topic are to be found elsewhere, however, it is being assumed that the filing in question will be an extraordinary one.

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Introducing Blockchain-Based E-Voting system in Moscow

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It was in 2014 when Moscow’s Mayor, Sergei Sobyanin launched an innovative Active Citizen app. This app was actually an e-voting platform designed solely for the residents of Moscow to vote on municipal projects pertaining to non-political city decisions, e.g.; naming of subway stations, setting up speed limits, plotting of bus routes, replacing the building’s entrance door or even hiring a new management company etc.

The Active Citizen app was a huge success since its launch, more than 2,800 polls were being administered and over 2 million users participated via the app. But according to some critics this app grew vulnerable to manipulation with the passage of time.

That’s why, Moscow officials announced that they have piloted the Active Citizen onto the blockchain technology in order to minimize the vulnerability issue.

Usually, the term of blockchain is referred to the cryptocurrency transactions. It is a sort of a digitalized and decentralized online database pertaining to public ledger of crypto transactions and interactions. Though specific for tracking secure financial transactions of cryptocurrency, it will now also be used in the e-voting platform of Moscow.

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What makes it a safest choice?

Russia’s National Settlement Depository (NSD) has successfully tested this blockchain based e-proxy voting system. This voting system is comprised of the following steps:

  • In the first step a Bondholder will pass vote to a nominal bondholder (NB)
  • The Nominal bondholder will in turn submit that vote to the blockchain
  • The designated Counting commission will count the votes and submit their results to the blockchain
  • Bondholder can latter verify whether the votes were counted correctly or not.

Hence it can be easily concluded that the process of blockchain based e-voting will resemble the secure crypto transactions to a great extent. Once the vote will be placed, it will be listed in a ledger consisting all the votes taken place across a node-to-node fully secure network. So, there will be no chance of data loss, fraud or third-party alteration once the vote has been casted.

In other words, blockchain is becoming a hallmark of digital accountability and security. It comprises of such a complicated mechanism of digitized security that it is almost impossible for the general public to ‘’hack’’ it in their traditional way.

According to some experts the use of blockchain technology will improve the transparency of e-voting system in Moscow and it should also be tried in the general elections as well.

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