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Binance CEO Calls it ‘Unethical’ TO Blocking Russian Customers


The CEO of Binance claims that dodging sanctions is not a “crypto-specific issue,” dismissing calls to bar Russian clients from using the Binance platform. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao stated that the corporation has complied with international governments’ orders to place constraints on sanctioned clients. According to CZ, increasing sanctions to include all Russian people is “unethical.” Crypto companies are subject to the same regulations as banks.

CZ underlined that Binance strictly adheres to sanctions rules. “Whoever is on the sanctions list will be unable to utilize our platform; those who are not will be allowed to,” Zhao remarked on March 2, 2022. “We did not make the decision to freeze user accounts.” Russian users have not been barred from using Facebook. Google has not barred Russian consumers from using its services. Google has not barred access to Russia. The United States has not done so.”

President Joe Biden was reportedly negotiating sanctions with cryptocurrency exchanges recently, with its role as a tool for Russians to dodge sanctions making headlines recently.

In response to the Ukraine Vice Prime Minister’s appeal on Sunday to block Russian crypto exchange accounts, Kraken CEO Jesse Powell stated that, while he respects Ukrainian residents, it is not fair to bar all Russians from utilizing the platform without a legal basis.


A representative for Binance further stated that such a move would “fly in the face” of everything cryptocurrency stands for, the most crucial of which is censorship resistance. Coinbase has likewise refused to prohibit Russians who are not sanctioned. “Also, from an ethical standpoint, many Russians do not favor the war, therefore we should separate the politicians from the ordinary people,” CZ said. One Ukrainian NFT exchange, on the other hand, stated that they had.

While cryptocurrency markets remain unregulated, policymakers in the United States and the European Union are moving to strengthen safeguards in light of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. Binance, according to Zhao, implements extensive user verification procedures to ensure that sanctioned addresses cannot interact on its platform. All cryptocurrency exchanges are subject to the same anti-money laundering standards as banks, providing an extra layer of protection. It is also important to remember that all transactions are merely pseudonymous. Forensic procedures can be used to link wallet addresses to individuals.