Iran is trying to make crypto mining a source of income for the state, while cracking down on miners.
Iran, hit hard by international sanctions, lost revenue supplied by oil exports. Crypto might be a way to get some extra cash, so Iran has been toughening its grip on miners at home in an effort to better control this revenue stream. Since last year, Iran has also opened new opportunities for foreign mining firms.
But Iran’s relationship with miners is best described as complicated.
On the one hand, Iran clearly sees crypto mining as a way to generate income for the state. Iran began requiring miners to register with the country’s Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade and pay a higher tariff on electricity than retail or industrial users last year.
CoinDesk takes a deep dive into Iranian mining.
In January, Iran experienced a number