Crypto's 2022 debut was characterised by bearish price action, repeated spot ETF rejections from the SEC, and high drama pertaining to bitcoin mining in Russia and Kosovo.

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Global

Chainalysis report: criminals laundered $8.6bn worth of crypto in 2021. More

Visa and ConsenSys team up on CBDC tech. More

IMF: Crypto can no longer hedge your investments. More

Zuckerberg’s dream of launching a cryptocurrency is officially over. More

Europe

EU should ban energy-intensive mode of crypto mining, regulator says. More

European Commission selects IOTA for EU blockchain development. More

Estonia

Estonia’s new AML laws set to clamp down on crypto industry. More

Estonia moves to reassure crypto sector as new rules weighed. More

Germany

BitMEX Group plans to acquire a German bank. More

VanEck launches another crypto ETN in Europe . More

Gibraltar

Blockchain firm Valereum acquires 90% of Gibraltar Stock Exchange. More

Kosovo

Kosovo moves to ban crypto mining in face of energy crisis. More

Kosovo seizes hundreds of cryptocurrency mining devices. More

Norway

Norway tax authority believes Norwegians are hiding money in cryptocurrency. More

Russia

Russia proposes ban on use and mining of cryptocurrencies. More

Russia's Finance ministry opposes central bank call for crypto ban. More

Putin pumps the brakes on Russian Central Bank's push to ban crypto, sees future in mining. More

Russian authorities say they’ve dismantled REvil ransomware group at US request. More

Spain

Spain announces new rules for influencer crypto posts. More

Spanish politician argues the country to position itself as a bitcoin mining hub. More

Europe’s ‘most wanted crypto scammer’ is arrested as cops seize £1.5m worth of luxury supercars. More

Sweden

Sweden leads Europe’s first crypto SPAC, ticker “HODL”. More

Switzerland

21Shares launches world’s first cosmos crypto ETP. More

Arab Bank Switzerland is quietly getting into DeFi. More

Turkey

Crypto and NFTs meet regulation as Turkey takes on the digital future. More

Turkish ruling party holds meeting in metaverse, talks crypto regulation. More

United Kingdom

UK government to strengthen rules on misleading cryptocurrency adverts. More

House of Lords report warns home-grown UK digital currency could undermine the economy. More

Americas

Argentina

Argentinian government inquires about energy bitcoin mining companies use amidst power cuts. More

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro mayor plans to invest 1% of the city's treasury in bitcoin. More

World’s first DeFi ETF approved to launch in Brazil next month. More

Man behind 29,000 bitcoin ponzi scam is arrested in Brazil. More

Canada

Binance held talks with Ontario Securities Commission, says restrictions on users remain. More

Bitfinex withdraws from Ontario amid major push against centralised exchanges. More

Zonda becomes first European crypto exchange to receive regulatory approval in Canada. More

El Salvador

El Salvador’s Chivo wallet keeps breaking, and users are seeking answers. More

Moody’s sounds alarm on El Salvador’s bitcoin policy. More

El Salvador purchases more bitcoin worth $15m on market dip. More

President Bukele predicts Bitcoin $100k rally, further legal adoption and more. More

El Salvador is down 23% on its bitcoin investments on paper. More

Mexico

Mexico announces it will issue its own digital coin by 2024. More

United States

State Senator introduces bill to make Bitcoin legal tender in Arizona. More

President Biden sends CFTC nominations to Senate. More

NYC mayor Eric Adams receives first paycheck in the form of BTC and ETH. More

SEC Chair: Crypto exchanges set to face tougher regulatory scrutiny. More

Federal Reserve publishes long-awaited central bank digital currency report. More

BlackRock files for ETF to track performance of blockchain and crypto company-focused index. More

SEC files complaint against operator of ‘unregistered’ $33m Crowd Machine ICO. More

Crypto firms brace for new tax-reporting rules to IRS. More

SEC objects to MicroStrategy’s accounting adjustment for its bitcoin holdings. More

OCC Comptroller calls for federal collaboration with crypto intermediaries. More

SEC again delays decision on NYDIG bitcoin ETF. More

Bakkt shares down 90% since October launch despite numerous partnerships. More

Crypto leaders launch political action committee to back congressional candidates. More

SEC approves BSTX for blockchain settlements on traditional markets. More

SEC rejects Skybridge's application for spot Bitcoin ETF. More

Valkyrie applied with the SEC to launch a bitcoin miners ETF. More

SEC delays decision on bitcoin-related ETFs from Ark 21 Shares, Teucrium. More

Fidelity seeks approval for 2 more crypto-metaverse ETFs. More

 

Caribbean

Bank of Jamaica completes first CBDC pilot. More

Caribbean digital currency, DCash, remains offline for second week. More

 

Middle East & North Africa

Bahrain

Central bank of Bahrain trials JPMorgan blockchain and token. More

CoinMena acquires license to bring Bahrain crypto exchange to Europe. More

Iran

Iran to reportedly pilot central bank digital currency soon. More

Israel

Israel reportedly seized $840k in cryptocurrencies from a company linked to Hamas. More

Kazakhstan

Kazakh crypto miners cut off from electricity supply until end of January. More

Top bitcoin mining country Kazakhstan turns off internet amid protests. More

Morocco

Morocco is number one for Bitcoin trading in North Africa. More

Pakistan

Pakistan's president calls for more training in blockchain technology. More

Pakistan to investigate Binance for multi-million dollar crypto scam. More

UAE

UAE regulators pave way for crypto and blockchain adoption, says legal expert. More

Bank of Sharjah CEO: Blockchain and cryptocurrency is here to stay and impossible to regulate at large. More

South Asia

India

India’s CryptoRelief sends back $100m of Vitalik Buterin’s SHIB donation. More

Half a dozen of India’s crypto exchanges searched after alleged rupee 700m tax evasion detected. More

India’s central bank creates fintech department as challenges posed by crypto, CBDC grow. More

India’s Modi calls for global approach to tackle crypto. More

Myanmar

Myanmar Military government proposes to jail digital currency and VPN users. More

 

East Asia & Pacific

Australia

Australian Open joins the Metaverse by partnering with Decentraland. More

China

China pilots nationwide blockchain development over real-world use cases. More

Chinese government reportedly rejects Metaverse trademark applications. More

China to build its own NFT industry not related to crypto. More

Major payments app WeChat to add support for China's digital yuan. More

Hong Kong

Hong Kong regulators impose limits on investing in Spot crypto ETFs. More

Hong Kong crypto exchange allegedly hit by frozen funds. More

Hong Kong begins discussions to introduce stablecoin regulatory framework. More

Indonesia

Indonesia regulator says financial firms banned from facilitating crypto sales. More

Japan

.Japan's Supreme Court rules cryptojacking scripts are not malware. More

Digital Yen will not benefit Japan’s financial network, former BOJ official claims. More

Singapore

Singapore bars crypto service providers from advertising in public spaces. More

North Korea

North Korean hackers stole $400m in 2021, mostly in Ether. More

South Korea

South Korean crypto exchanges to follow Coinone in banning unverified wallets. More

Thailand

Binance partners with Thai billionaire to set up local crypto exchange. More

Crypto trades in Thailand now reportedly subject to 15% capital gains tax. More

Africa

Nigeria

Binance restricts Nigerian crypto accounts on security concern. More

New research shows Nigeria’s crypto ownership drops to 21%. More

Nigerian lawmakers urged to consider regulating crypto industry after proposal to jail ponzi operators. More

South Africa

South African police investigate missing brothers’ crypto platform, Africrypt. More

11% of SA adults own crypto ‒ report on global uptake. More

Tonga

Tonga to copy El Salvador’s bill making Bitcoin legal tender, says former MP. More

Zimbabwe

How bitcoin contributions funded a $1.4m solar installation in Zimbabwe. More

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