Russian Contract Killers Take Crypto as Payment, Say Investigators – Decrypt

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Investigators in Russia have encountered some cases where cryptocurrencies were used to pay for a contract killing.
The use of crypto makes it harder to identify the client of such an arrangement.
Anti-money laundering amendments “are long overdue” in Russia, experts noted.

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Monero Shoots Up 10% as Crypto Market Wakes Up From Slump – Decrypt

All of the top ten coins by market cap, minus XRP, increased in price today. And privacy coin Monero, the fifteenth largest coin by market cap, increased by 10% in a sudden spurt. 
Bitcoin’s price, the bellwether of the crypto market, is up by 3% in the past 24 hours. Its current price is $18,477.

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ShapeShift Confirms Regulatory Risk Led to Privacy Coin Delistings – Decrypt

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A ShapeShift executive confirmed the platform has delisted Monero, Dash, and Zcash.
All three are privacy coins, some of which have drawn scrutiny from US regulators.
While ShapeShift is “de-risking” the company, several US exchanges still offer these coins.

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