March 27, 2024
CoinList's Alleged Transactions in Crimea Draw Regulatory Attention
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CoinList Faces Regulatory Scrutiny Over Alleged Crimea Transactions Amid U.S. Sanctions

It seems like CoinList faced regulatory scrutiny due to allegations of facilitating transactions involving Crimea, a region under U.S. sanctions following its annexation by Russia. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) noted that CoinList processed transactions for users in Crimea from April 2020 to May 2022, despite the region being subject to U.S. sanctions. CoinList’s screening procedures failed to identify users representing themselves as residents of non-embargoed countries but provided addresses within Crimea.

The violations were considered non-egregious by OFAC, but CoinList did not voluntarily disclose them. Despite this, the exchange cooperated with U.S. officials. It’s highlighted that the volume of transactions violating sanctions was a very small percentage of CoinList’s total volume.

Similar enforcement actions have been taken against other U.S. crypto firms for sanctions-related issues. Poloniex settled for $7.6 million over apparent violations, and Binance’s $4.3 billion settlement included sanctions violations among other allegations of money laundering and fraud.

These actions underscore the importance for cryptocurrency exchanges and financial entities to rigorously comply with sanctions and regulatory requirements, especially concerning transactions involving regions under sanctions like Crimea.

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