Lithuania to Regulate Cryptocurrency Exchange Sector With Obligatory ID Checks

Lithuania is preparing new rules to govern cryptocurrency transactions, requiring businesses to prove the identity of clients, local daily news outlet Delfi reported on June 12. As part of its obligations to impose European Union anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, Lithuania’s finance ministry will seek to completely formalize crypto-based exchange operations. Parliament approved the move during a sitting on Wednesday, Delfi says, while a time frame remains uncertain for implementation. Once the rules come into effect, any transactions worth over €1,000 ($1,127) involving cryptocurrency — be it into or out of…

Russia Is Getting Serious About Blockchain, but Remains on the Fence About Cryptocurrencies

Last week, an annual forum featuring Russia’s top people from the economic sector was held in St. Petersburg, and cryptocurrencies were a hot topic there. Notably, government agents and state-controlled businesses were vocal about their interest in blockchain, but seemed to distance themselves from digital tokens. Meanwhile, the regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies is still missing in the country, despite the fact that local authorities have been tasked to prepare the needed amendment a while ago. So, where is Russia heading in terms of crypto and blockchain? Brief introduction to Russia’s…

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Breaks $9k: Next Possible Target $10K

There were sharp gains in bitcoin price above the $8,000 resistance area against the US Dollar. The price rallied above the $8,500 and $8,800 resistance levels to move into a positive zone. There is a major bullish trend line forming with support near $8,650 on the 4-hours chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair is currently trading above the $9,000 level and it could continue higher towards the $10,000 level. Bitcoin price is gaining bullish momentum above $9,000 against the US Dollar. BTC is likely to…

Ethereum (ETH) Price Weekly Forecast: Break Above $300 Likely

ETH price rallied recently and broke the $260 and $265 resistance levels against the US Dollar. The price is currently trading near the key $275 resistance, above which it could rally further. There is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $265 on the 4-hours chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair is likely to break the $275 resistance and it could even test the $300 resistance area. Ethereum price is gaining bullish momentum against the US Dollar, similar to bitcoin. ETH is likely to accelerate…