Two weeks ago the Tobolsk city court (Tyumen region) dismissed the appeal of the entrepreneur’s refusal to import his custom mining equipment.

A resident of Tobolsk was planning to use equipment for personal purposes, “for mathematical and scientific calculations.” The detailed content of the order is not disclosed, however according to the Federal customs service of Russia, we are talking about server hardware.

According to employees of the Federal customs service, the goods are subject to non-tariff regulation of the Eurasian economic Commission, that is, the intersection zone with the EAEU significant economic restrictions, including bans on imports.

FCS argues that the entrepreneur is advised of the need to provide information about the notification or report issued by the Federal security service of Russia. Because any kind of documents that meet the requirements were not presented, the customs officers refused to approve the import. In turn, the owner of the parcel appealed to the city court to challenge the actions of the employees of the FCS.

After examining the evidence and the case file, the court upheld the decision of the customs authority. The press service of the FCS explained that “the argument of the citizen that the extraction of crypto currencies is just a byproduct of his scientific activity, was not accepted by the court because the statutory limitations on imports do not depend on the goals declared by the person at the time of importation”.

On the website of the Ural customs administration, the news was accompanied by the comment about “danger” of the use of mining equipment:

“The use of equipment for mining cryptocurrency for its intended purpose involves risks of administrative and criminal liability:

First, mining is associated with huge energy costs, and therefore often connect the equipment for personal purposes by individuals within the state and strategic enterprises.

Second, with regular output, and the exchange of cryptocurrency for Fiat money there is a fact of entrepreneurial activity with necessity of its registration.

Otherwise, there is the threat of administrative (article 7.19 of the administrative code) and criminal liability (articles 165, 199 of the criminal code)”.

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