The district court in St. Petersburg allowed the arrest of the Ethereum cryptocurrency (ETH), stolen, according to investigators, from the owner. This was reported in the joint press service of the courts of the city.
The decision became a precedent: before that, the courts in the Russian Federation did not impose interim measures on cryptocurrency, RIA Novosti reports. If this ever happened, it was not publicly announced.
According to the investigative authorities, the victim in this case made a deal to purchase Ethereum cryptocurrencies (ETH) in the amount of 7 thousand and stored it in his crypto wallet, to which another person involved in this case received unauthorized access, who transferred funds to his wallet. According to this fact, the investigative authorities have launched a criminal case on the fact of theft and unlawful access to information.
During the investigation, it was found that there are 4 thousand in various wallets. ETN, which may belong to the plaintiff. The court allowed the arrest to be applied to these funds, arguing that despite the fact that the concept of cryptocurrencies is not fixed in the laws of Russia, it has material value and can be recognized as the property of the victim.