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Kazakhstan Unplugged Bitcoin Miners Before Blackout Hit Region

A computer accessories store during a blackout in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Jan. 25. 

A computer accessories store during a blackout in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Jan. 25. 

Photographer: Vyavcheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images
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Kazakhstan cut off companies mining cryptocurrencies from its electricity supply a day before parts of the country were hit by blackouts, the country’s latest clampdown on an industry it once welcomed.

Kazakhstan has blocked companies mining cryptocurrencies from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31, a spokeswoman for state-run grid operator Kegoc said, confirming an earlier story by Informburo.kz. A blackout hit parts of the country on Tuesday.