The Ukrainian parliament has passed the first reading of a bill to tighten mobilization rules and force people to war. If approved, these rules will allow the government to freeze bank accounts and people’s assets when caught dodging the draft.
Notably, these tighter rules will affect Ukrainians living abroad, preventing them from accessing consular services with outdated military registration. The bill also proposes to lower the compulsory mobilization to 25 years old instead of the current 27.
In particular, Ukraine’s unprecedented move to freeze bank accounts and people’s assets shows how governments can use monetary control and centralized finance systems to impose coercive measures against their people.
The United States could have helped Ukraine to freeze people’s assets
Interestingly, Mike Brenz, Executive Director at Foundation for Freedom Online, commented on the case. Brenz explained that a recent decision of the United States Security Department might help Ukraine to freeze people’s assets.
Essentially, this decision forced Ukrainians to tie all their financial assets to their smartphones, easing the bill enforcement.
Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, as financial alternatives
The decentralized finance (DeFi) landscape has improved in the past decade, allowing people to own financial assets that can not be easily frozen or seized. Cryptocurrencies exist in decentralized networks protected by strong cryptography, which provides monetary sovereignty for their owners.
If this bill passes, people in Ukraine who do not want to fight in this war might be encouraged to seek financial alternatives. However, the cryptocurrency market is not entirely made of “unfreezeable” projects. For example, Web3 smart contract controllers like Tether (USDT) or Circle (USDC) can freeze these tokens from any crypto wallet.
Moreover, Bitcoin fees have recently surpassed the average global daily income, making it infeasible for the majority to have it in self-custody securely.
Other cryptocurrencies can offer similar advantages to Bitcoin, with lower fees, lower confirmation time, and more privacy. Curiously, Monero (XMR) is a known privacy coin, while Litecoin (LTC) has dethroned Bitcoin in payment services. Additionally, Grok AI suggested Nano (XNO) as the most suitable cryptocurrency for payments.
Therefore, people looking for financial alternatives must do their own research and understand the tools they want to use as money.
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