The Supreme court of the Russian Federation decided to cancel the decision on blocking of the news website Bitcoininfo.ru and refer the case to another appellate review in the St. Petersburg city court.
Protection of the resource owner Nicholas Tonkoshkura considers articulated position of the Supreme court confirming that “if the case of the lock attracted their owners, their rights recognized and undisturbed the decision is subject to unconditional cancellation”.
“We expected to examine, in particular, and on the merits. However, the court left the question of determining the legal status of cryptocurrencies and considered only the procedural violations.
But even so, we believe that the decision is very important, because there is a systemic problem of prosecutorial blocking of websites through which site owners are not even involved, and it is literally deprived of the right to defense”, — said the lawyer Sarkis Darbinyan.
Recall that in July 2016 the Vyborg district court of St. Petersburg issued a decision to block Bitcoininfo.ru because of the violation of the law “On the Central Bank of the Russian Federation”, “undermining the constitutional order and authority” Russia and the “foundations of the material prosperity of the citizens” of the country, as well as violations “of the rights and legitimate interests of an indefinite circle of persons who access illegal information.” The essence of the claim was the fact that in Russia there is only one official currency, and the introduction of other currencies and the issue of monetary surrogates is prohibited.
Further, for reasons that calls formal protection, St.-Petersburg city court rejected the appeal resource, so the next step was an appeal to the Supreme court.