Anna

Baydakova

Anna Baydakova

Anna writes about blockchain projects and regulation with a special focus on Eastern Europe and Russia. She is especially excited about stories on privacy, cybercrime, sanctions policies and censorship resistance of decentralized technologies. She graduated from the Saint Petersburg State University and the Higher School of Economics in Russia and got her Master's degree at Columbia Journalism School in New York City. She joined CoinDesk after years of writing for various Russian media, including the leading political outlet Novaya Gazeta. Anna owns a fraction of BTC.

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Ransomware Gang Extorted 725 BTC in One Attack, On-Chain Sleuths Find

The infamous Conti ring’s internal messages, leaked in February, served as a jumping-off point for a new transaction analysis by Crystal Blockchain.

The infamous Conti ring’s internal messages, leaked in February, served as a jumping-off point for a new transaction analysis by Crystal Blockchain.

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Bankoff’s Crypto Wallets Nearly Empty After Virtual Debit Card Provider Folds

The Delaware-registered company said Visa and Stripe cut it off for serving too many Russians, but on-chain data has stoked users' suspicions.

The Delaware-registered company said Visa and Stripe cut it off for serving too many Russians, but on-chain data has stoked users' suspicions.

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Uzbekistan Publishes Crypto Regulation Framework, Assigns Supervising Agency

The Perspective Projects Agency will ensure that only fully identified people trade crypto on national exchanges.

The Perspective Projects Agency will ensure that only fully identified people trade crypto on national exchanges.

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Crypto Becomes Lifeline for Russian Emigrés Opposing Putin’s War in Ukraine

Financial censorship has gone from an abstract idea to a harsh reality for Russians who suddenly found themselves unbanked by the West and their own government. This piece is part of CoinDesk’s Payments Week.

Financial censorship has gone from an abstract idea to a harsh reality for Russians who suddenly found themselves unbanked by the West and their own government. This piece is part of CoinDesk’s Payments Week.

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Binance Denies Allegations It Shared Russian Users' Data With Law Enforcement

According to Reuters's sources, the exchange could have helped Russia's secret service to track donations to the opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

According to Reuters's sources, the exchange could have helped Russia's secret service to track donations to the opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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EXMO Exits Russia, Sells User Base There to Unnamed Buyer

The crypto exchange is also giving up its clients in Belarus and Kazahkstan following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The crypto exchange is also giving up its clients in Belarus and Kazahkstan following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukraine Crisis Is Not Propelling Crypto Market Activity, Blockchain Data Shows

Russians are leaving their country and taking money with them, but crypto hasn't felt the impact – so far.

Russians are leaving their country and taking money with them, but crypto hasn't felt the impact – so far.

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Inside the Ukrainian Crypto Startup Waging Cyberwar on Russia

Hacken helps crypto businesses with cybersecurity. Now, with the war at home, it’s also leading a guerilla offensive against the Russian internet.

Hacken helps crypto businesses with cybersecurity. Now, with the war at home, it’s also leading a guerilla offensive against the Russian internet.

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War and Crypto in Ukraine

The courage of Ukraine amid the situation and the aid that is coming, feat. Rev Miller.

The courage of Ukraine amid the situation and the aid that is coming, feat. Rev Miller.

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