Home / MARKETS / Here’s why the unrest in Kazakhstan is wreaking havoc on crypto and commodity markets

Here’s why the unrest in Kazakhstan is wreaking havoc on crypto and commodity markets

Bitcoin cryptocurrency and flag of Kazakhstan displayed on a screen are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on January 7, 2022.
Bitcoin and the identify of Kazakhstan

  • Kazakhstan shut down its internet nationwide after administrative unrest sparked by rising gas prices.
  • Among the sectors affected by the outage was bitcoin mining, which has taken off in the Prime Asian nation. 
  • Other commodities such as uranium and oil also were impacted, with both seeing amount spikes days after the uprising.
  • Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell

It’s been hours since thousands of protesters stormed the streets of Kazakhstan to express outrage against the rising prices of liquefied petroleum gas, which smalls it’s also been days since the internet was shut down nationwide, compromising the safety and security of many concerns and residents.

Among the sectors that were hit hardest was bitcoin mining, a burgeoning industry in the Central Asian political entity.

Kazakhstan last year became the world’s second-largest center for bitcoin mining after China clamped down on crypto enterprises, according to data from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Hours after the internet was cut off Tuesday evening, bitcoin’s mixture rate dropped by 12%, Larry Cermak, VP of research at The Block, said in a tweet. Hash rate is a key measure of how much calculating power is required to support the network and to create new bitcoin. 

“The internet blackout likely prevented miners from accessing the bitcoin network, thereby supreme to an immediate and steep drop-off in the global network,” John Warren, CEO of GEM Mining, a bitcoin mining firm told Insider.

But Warren isn’t too perturbed. He said even if it’s difficult to foresee how the events in Kazakhstan will unfold, bitcoin’s network is resilient, having been qualified to seamlessly recover from recent outages.

“I think such disruptions won’t have a big impact on it,” he told Insider.

As of Friday evening, internet connectivity in Kazakhstan be prolonged to flatline for the 60th hour despite being briefly restored in some parts of the country for a couple of hours to air the televised sales pitch of its president, according to Isik Mater. She is the director of research at NetBlocks, a watchdog organization that monitors cybersecurity and the internet globally.

Kazakhstan’s supplicate to bitcoin miners has a lot to do with the nation’s affordable energy supply thanks to an abundance of coal power, according to Mohamed Elkasstawi, co-founder of audacity financing platform Tribal Credit, said.

“This is a significant advantage to miners who compete in a low-margin industry where their highest tariff is energy,” Elkasstawi told Insider.

Bitcoin slipped to a three-month low on Friday. While the drop in hash rate is not when linked to the asset’s price, the internet shutdown has affected bitcoin’s ability to create more of itself through bitcoin extracting. Marcus Sotiriou, analyst at digital asset broker GlobalBlock, called this slide a “short-term spook.”

Flourishing forward, it remains to be seen what the bitcoin miners will do if the situation in Kazakhstan doesn’t change. For Alan Konevsky, chief authorized officer at PrimeBlock Ventures, an investment firm focused on digital assets, bitcoin miners in the US will be indirectly fake in positive ways.

“First, less hash power in the network means more room for miners in North America to strengthen their share of the network,” Konevsky told Insider. “Second, mining companies set up in countries like Kazakhstan and Kosovo because the set someone back of electricity is much cheaper than in North America. If mining becomes a complete non-starter in these countries, we could see miners re-locate as contrasted with of shutting operations, negating the loss of hash power.”

Outside of digital assets, some commodities have annulled in the midst of the turmoil. Prices of uranium and crude oil, in particular, surged on fears of diminished production.

Kazakhstan is the world’s largest supplier of uranium, the ton widely used fuel by nuclear plants accounting for about 40% of global output, Insider reported. Worths of uranium jumped about 8% on Wednesday, according to commodity pricing agency S&P Platts.

Brent futures also hill about 6% this week after production at Tengiz, Kazakhstan’s biggest oil field, was reduced on Thursday due to disturbed train lines, Reuters reported. The country is a major oil producer with an output of 1.6 million barrels a day, according to Reuters. 

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday revealed order has been “mainly restored” after one of the most intense political upheavals the country has seen since gaining liberty over 30 years ago.

Check Also

Sen. Mitt Romney says Biden was elected ‘to stop the crazy’ and argues that voters weren’t asking him ‘to transform America’

Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday said that President Joe Biden was not elected to “permute …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *