Binance Ruble Payment Partnership Completely Terminates Amid Regulatory Challenge
- Binance ruble payment partnership with Advcash has ended due to regulatory challenges.
- Advcash allowed Binance users to deposit and withdraw Russian rubles, even from sanctioned Russian banks.
- This move is part of Binance’s strategy to discontinue associations with payment processors amid the DOJ investigation.
Binance, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges, is set to terminate its partnership with payment processor Advcash, also known as Advance Cash. This decision comes as part of Binance’s ongoing efforts to navigate regulatory challenges and increase compliance in its operations.
Binance Ruble Payment Partnership Suspended Amid Regulatory Challenges
The partnership, established in 2019, allowed Binance customers to deposit and withdraw Russian rubles, even from sanctioned Russian banks, through Advcash. However, recent developments suggest that Binance is now distancing itself from this arrangement.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Binance informed a client of its decision through an email, though Advcash claims it has not received any official communication regarding the termination of the Binance ruble payment partnership.
This move is in line with Binance’s strategy to discontinue associations with payment processors across Europe and the Americas amidst an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. The investigation centers on concerns related to money laundering, sanction evasions, and alleged fraud.
Despite facing substantial regulatory hurdles and compliance challenges due to Western sanctions against Russia, Binance continued to serve Russian users until August 2023. The departure from the Russian market also saw top Russian executives leave the company in early September.
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