US Sanctions Squeezes Russia’s 3rd Biggest Bank into Freezing Venezuela Oil Firm’s Accounts

Russia’s third-biggest bank by assets Gazprombank has elected to freeze the bank accounts belonging to Venezuelan state oil firm Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), Reuters reports. Citing sources, the report indicated that the state-owned lender did so to lower its risks of coming under U.S. sanctions. Alongside China, Iran, Turkey and other countries, Russia is one of the strongest supporters of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Last month when Venezuela’s National Assembly head, Juan Guaido, declared himself interim president the four voiced their support for Maduro. This was contrary to the position taken by the United States and other western powers.

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Bitcoin Trading in Venezuela Just Hit an All-Time High Despite a 40% Price Premium

According to the data provided by LocalBitcoins, a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading platform, the weekly volume of Bitcoin in Venezuela achieved a new all-time high. Measured in Bitcoin, the weekly volume of the BTC-to-Venezuelan bolivar (VES) pair increased to 2,454 BTC. In U.S. dollars, that is worth $ 8.95 million per week and $ 1.29 million per day. Matt Odell, a cryptocurrency researcher, said that the volume would be higher if the 40 percent premium in the Venezuelan market is priced in. 2454 bitcoin weekly volume x $ 3650 = $ 8,957,100 this week ÷ 7 = $ 1,279,585 per day on average, higher if you

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Maduro’s Master Plan for Venezuela: Swapping 29 Tons of Gold for Euros with the UAE

Venezuela is moving a shipment of 29 tonnes of gold, worth approximately 1 billion Euros or 1.2 billion dollars, to the United Arab Emirates for sale. UAE will pay cash Euros for the trade, which has riled US officials currently engaged in dethroning Socialist President Nicolas Maduro. 3 tonnes were already shipped on January 26th, according to a source speaking exclusively to Reuters. Euros for Liquidity After a record financial crisis in the South American country, compounded by decreased oil production, the Venezuelan government plans to use the Euros to ensure liquidity for international trading. Trading has been all the

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