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Cryptocurrency is aiding Ukraine — and potentially Russian oligarchs

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Pedestrians walk under a Bitcoin cryptocurrency symbol displayed at a cryptocurrency exchange shop in Pristina on January 17, 2022. - Kosovo police on January 8 seized hundreds of cryptocurrency mining machines and arrested one person in the tense ethnic-Serb majority north as the country suffered an energy crisis. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are created through solving complex equations -- an endeavour that consumes enormous amounts of energy. Tensions between the Serb-majority area and the ethnic Albanian majority government are running high and Kosovo's government on Tuesday brought in a temporary ban on cryptocurrency mining in an effort to bring down electricity consumption. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP) (Photo by ARMEND NIMANI/AFP via Getty Images)

Pedestrians walk under a Bitcoin cryptocurrency symbol displayed at a cryptocurrency exchange shop in Pristina on January 17, 2022. - Kosovo police on January 8 seized hundreds of cryptocurrency mining machines and arrested one person in the tense ethnic-Serb majority north as the country suffered an energy crisis. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are created through solving complex equations -- an endeavour that consumes enormous amounts of energy. Tensions between the Serb-majority area and the ethnic Albanian majority government are running high and Kosovo's government on Tuesday brought in a temporary ban on cryptocurrency mining in an effort to bring down electricity consumption. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP) (Photo by ARMEND NIMANI/AFP via Getty Images) Armend Nimani/AFP via Getty Images

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by Matt Levin Mar 1, 2022
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