Cryptocurrency exchange CoinZoom is pausing its acceptance of applications for new accounts within Russia amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Reuters reported Tuesday.
- Salt Lake City, Utah-based CoinZoom decided to suspend new accounts because it's unclear how customers would fund them now that many major payment firms are pulling out of Russia, its CEO Todd Crosland told Reuters.
- Existing Russian account holders won’t be blocked, though CoinZoom is screening them against sanctions lists, according to Crosland.
- CoinZoom is a relatively small exchange, with roughly $2 million in trading volume over the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.
- The news comes as many other larger global crypto exchanges such as Binance, Coinbase and Kraken have declined to block new or existing Russian customers despite a request to do so from the Ukrainian government.
- CoinZoom didn’t immediately respond to CoinDesk’s request for comment.
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