The Supreme Court of Russia has obligated the St. Petersburg City Court to review an appeal against blocking of the website on cryptocurrencies bitcoininfo.ru, told RAPSI.

“The case is sent for a new consideration by another composition of the court,” the joint press service of the city courts reported.

The story began in 2016 when the Vyborgsky District Court of St. Petersburg has granted a request of prosecutors and blocked the cryptocurrency information website.

The court appeared the information that bitcoins violated Russian legislation.

“Cryptocurrencies, including bitcoins, are surrogates money which promote the growth of the shadow economy and can not be used by citizens and legal entities in the territory of the Russian Federation. The free distribution of information on e-currency causes the active use of cryptocurrency in the drugs trade, weapons, false documents and other criminal activities,” was said in the decision of the court of the first instance in 2016.

 

 

According to Sarkis Darbinian, the leading lawyer of the project “Roskomsvoboda”, the Bitcoininfo.ru administration heard about the court’s decision month later, when the time limit for appealing the decision had already expired. At the trial, initiated by the local district prosecutor, the defendant was not invited at the hearing, says Anicoin.

Bitcoininfo.ru administration’s request was the first complaint about the legitimacy of blocking the cryptocurrency resource, but the website was not the first who was blocked in this way.

“We drew the attention of the court to the obvious violation of the procedural rights of the owners of sites that are never attracted to such processes, and to the sucked-out arguments of prosecutors who come up with more and more reasons for blocking websites in RuNet. However, each time we came across the same thing which is the refusal to refer the complaint to the cassation instance court,” Sargis Darbinyan said.

According to RIA Novosti, the same St. Petersburg court overturned a decision to block 40 cryptocurrency informational sites.