Binance’s Russian Activities Under Scrutiny

In a strategic move, Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, has decided to divest its entire Russian operations to CommEX, a centralized exchange with substantial backing from top-tier crypto venture capital. This transition is expected to span a year, with the financial details of the deal being kept confidential.

“As we look toward the future, we recognize that operating in Russia is not compatible with Binance’s compliance strategy.” – Noah Perlman, Binance’s Chief Compliance Officer

Binance’s primary objective is to redirect its focus towards burgeoning markets while aligning its business model with the local regulatory requirements of the 100-plus countries where it currently operates.

Binance has entered into an agreement to sell the entirety of its Russia business to CommEX (

To ensure a smooth process for existing Russian users, the off-boarding process will take up to one year. All assets of existing Russian users are safe and…

— Binance (@binance) September 27, 2023

Transition Plan: Users First, Says Binance

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Binance’s phased off-boarding process aims to last up to a year to ensure a smooth transition for existing Russian users.

“All assets of existing Russian users are safe and securely protected.”

CommEX will absorb these users, and plans are in place to inform them on how to migrate their assets.  

All the users are safe so donot worry

— Binance Bicasso (@BinanceBicasso) September 27, 2023

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What is CommEX?

CommEX, the new player set to inherit Binance’s Russian business, comes with its own set of credentials. Backed by top-tier crypto VC, it boasts an experienced team committed to “delivering accessibility, security, and innovation” to its users worldwide.

“The sale of Binance’s Russia business to CommEX reflects a thoughtful approach that prioritizes existing users’ interests and assets,” says Richquack, a famous crypto influencer. He believes the deal also showcases Binance’s adaptability and strategic focus on markets with a more favorable regulatory climate.

Cryptocurrency in Russia

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This development prompts an important question: What does this mean for the cryptocurrency ecosystem in Russia? The industry has been in regulatory limbo for years, with lawmakers grappling over legislation. Binance’s departure may indeed be the push required for a significant market shift, compelling other companies to reevaluate their operational strategies in Russia.

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While the long-term impact on the Web3 industry remains unclear, this move is huge! Binance’s sale is one of Russia’s first major international companies without an ongoing revenue split or a buy-back option, marking a complete exit.

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Qadir Ak is the founder of Coinpedia. He has over a decade of experience writing about technology and has been covering the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2010. He has also interviewed a few prominent experts within the cryptocurrency space.