Unknown assailants have attacked multiple pro-Bitcoin politicians in Russia in recent weeks

It has been a bad couple of weeks for pro-Bitcoin / anti-Putin activists in Russia. First, on August 20, opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned, and then on August 31, a prominent blogger Yegor Zhukov was beaten near his home by unknown assailants.

Not only are they two of the nation’s most ardent critics of president Putin, but they have also accepted (BTC) donations in the past — though their support of cryptocurrency is probably not the inciting factor behind these attacks. More likely, they are being silenced because they are political activists who oppose the Russian government, and fears over having their donations seized have led to their acceptance of cryptocurrency as a side effect. If true, this would not be dissimilar to WikiLeaks, which chose to accept Bitcoin after the U.S. government coerced PayPal into suspending its accounts.

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