The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan has officially confirmed it has blocked the Coinbase website in the country. The authorities of Kazakhstan have been blocking local IP addresses from accessing Coinbase since September at least. According to a Nov. 7 report from a local news outlet, Kursiv, access to the Coinbase website was blocked by an order from the Ministry of Culture and Information. Ministry representatives explained to journalists that the request came from a different government body, the Ministry of Digital Development, which accused Coinbase of violating the Law on Digital Assets.
he Law on Digital Assets, enacted in February 2023, bans the issuance and trading of digital currencies and crypto exchange operations without a national license. The in-principal approval to operate is granted by the authority of the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC), a special economic zone of Kazakhstan.
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