From Ukraine legalising cryptocurrencies, the Canadian government sanctioning crypto wallets associated with the Ontario trucker protests, and crypto companies taking top slots at the Super Bowl – February saw a flurry of activity.
Global financial watchdog calls for ‘urgent’ action to contain crypto risks.
Crypto market capitalisation slumps to $1.5T as Russia attacks Ukraine.
EU mulls metaverse regulation as businesses jump into virtual reality.
EU finance chief says digital euro bill coming in early 2023.
EU reportedly plans to task new money laundering agency with oversight of crypto.
EU ‘commits’ to cutting Russian banks off from SWIFT over Ukraine invasion.
European Parliament postpones vote on crypto regulations indefinitely.
Austrian programmer and ex-crypto CEO likely stole $11bn of Ether.
21Shares lists Chainlink, Terra, And Uniswap ETPs on Euronext Paris and Amsterdam.
Binance shared information with German police on Islamist attacker's suspected accomplices.
Valereum to accelerate its acquisition of 90% of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX).
Hungary’s central bank head calls on EU to ban crypto mining and trading.
Italy formally lays out crypto firms' new AML requirements.
Russia houses $200bn worth of crypto, Kremlin estimates.
Russia’s finance minister: local banks should be able to deal with crypto.
Russian government and central bank agree to treat Bitcoin as currency.
Russia Finance Minister: Banning BTC is like banning the internet.
Russian lawmakers begin public discussions on establishing crypto rules.
Russian government introduces crypto bill to parliament over central bank objections.
Bitcoin Mining in Russia largely unaffected amid Ukraine invasion.
Bank of Spain governor calls for crypto surveillance.
Crypto advocates on Sweden’s call for EU mining ban.
Fidelity debuts bitcoin ETP on the Deutsche Börse and SIX Swiss Exchange.
Ukraine parliament legalises cryptocurrencies.
Ukrainian central bank suspends electronic cash transfers, bolstering the use case for crypto.
Ukraine to issue legal demands on crypto exchanges to freeze Russian accounts.
Ukraine's official Twitter account posts pleas for crypto donations amid Russian invasion.
UK tax department confuses crypto investors in DeFi and staking earnings pursuit.
BoE is ‘highly unlikely’ to develop a retail wallet for CBDC, says official.
Crypto firms face cliff-edge in UK as time ticks down for AML approval.
British MP Matt Hancock considers buying BTC.
UK authorities seized 3 NFTs in a $1.9m fraud case.
London Stock Exchange buys TORA for $325m in digital asset push.
DeFi ETFs take flight in Brazil with two launches this month.
Bill to regulate crypto in Brazil for first time heads to Senate vote.
Canadian Bitcoin ETF sees its third-biggest daily inflow ever.
KPMG Canada latest firm to add BTC, ETH to balance sheet.
Tories push Trudeau for plan to attract crypto investment.
Crypto payments firms face new restrictions under Canada’s blockade crackdown.
Court orders freeze of Canadian 'Freedom Convoy' crypto fundraising.
Canada protests: Kraken CEO says users should consider taking crypto off exchanges.
Canada finally ends Emergencies Act.
El Salvador’s Bitcoin-fueled vet hospital opens.
Coinbase to let crypto recipients in Mexico cash out in local currency.
Fed releases new research on risk and promise of stablecoins.
Grayscale debuts ETF to track digital asset-based equities index.
MIT, Boston Fed go public with 'Project Hamilton' central bank digital currency research.
Financial disclosures show Ted Cruz made a January 25 bitcoin purchase.
US Treasury targets NFTs for potential high-value art money laundering.
Tesla held $2bn of BTC as of late 2021, SEC filing reveals.
DoJ seizes $3.6bn in crypto and arrests two in connection with 2016 Bitfinex hack.
US Treasury reiterates that the IRS won't consider crypto miners, stakers or coders to be brokers.
BlockFi moves to register lending products with SEC.
Coinbase shares slip as app crashes briefly after Super Bowl ad.
US lawmaker debuts draft of federal stablecoin regulation bill.
FBI launches new crypto crimes unit.
SEC chair hints at no spot Bitcoin ETFs yet, but cites 'careful consideration' for future.
US Senator Cynthia Lummis: The Federal Reserve should buy bitcoin.
Fed puts new bans on trading in stocks, bonds, crypto or commodities following trading scandal.
DOJ indicts BitConnect’s Indian founder for $2.4bn crypto Ponzi scheme.
Senator Ted Cruz explains why he is bullish on Bitcoin amid Canadian controversy.
BitMEX founders plead guilty to Bank Secrecy Act violations.
Coinbase posts record revenue, user numbers in Q4 earnings surprise.
President Biden announces technology export controls, bank sanctions against Russia.
Colorado governor Polis says the state will accept crypto for taxes by this summer.
Jamaica has everything ready for its new Jam-Dex CBDC.
A bold Caribbean experiment in E-Cash hits a major obstacle.
Middle East & North Africa
Iran aims to develop a CBDC.
Israel seizes 30 crypto wallets allegedly used to fund Hamas.
IsIsrael's securities regulatory chief lays out crypto plans.
New tax proposal in Kazakhstan could push crypto miners out.
Kazakhstan terminates 13 crypto mining farms.
Kazakhstan president calls for tax increase on crypto mining.
Pakistan says risks from cryptocurrencies outweigh its benefit.
Saudi Arabia to invest billions in metaverse, blockchain technology.
Swiss BSV to establish blockchain academy in Riyadh.
UAE prepares national crypto licensing.
Arab Federation of capital markets partners with UAE to launch blockchain innovation challenge.
India’s CBDC to arrive in the next fiscal year, crypto income to be taxed 30%.
India's ad watchdog issues guidelines for crypto advertisements.
Indian authorities crack $5.4m crypto scam, arrest 11.
Top Indian crypto exchanges see 35-59% jump in sign-ups post Budget announcement.
Myanmar Junta wants own digital currency after government in exile pushes Tether.
East Asia & Pacific
Australian cryptocurrency investors targeted in fake crypto app scam.
China tightens law to jail those found raising funds though crypto sales.
Hong Kong to propose bill to license crypto exchanges.
FTX is acquiring Japanese crypto exchange Liquid.
Singapore state investment fund Temasek eliminates position in Coinbase.
North Korea funding its missile programme with stolen cryptocurrency, UN investigators say.
Executives from V Global crypto exchangehanded prison sentences for $1.7bn fraud in South Korea.
KB Bank to launch South Korea’s first crypto investment fund.
South Korea to invest $187M in national metaverse project.
Thailand scraps 15% crypto capital gains tax following public backlash.
Nigeria’s Bitcoin P2P trading surge by 16% since CBN enforced crypto ban.
South Africa urges caution on crypto exchange FTX.
South African exchange raises $50M in Africa’s largest funding round.
Government is going after crypto miners and assets in South Africa.