For some people, cryptocurrency is literally a religion. And this group went so far as to build a church—virtually, at least. Welcome to the Church of Monero: This church is dedicated to black market crypto, building a moon base and complete decentralization. According to a recent presiding, a church in Irkutsk should pay advanced electricity rates for connecting and successively mining hardware in its locations.
The Evangelists in its lawsuit said that the energy company unreasonably overestimated tariffs for electricity and illegally billed for 1.1 million rubles for 2.5 million kilowatt-hours, which a religious organization has used in the past year. The representative of the community explained that in 2017, the building was a printing house that published religious literature. When Irkutskenergo inspectors visited ‘Grace’ they discovered a server room on the second one ground of the construction occupied via the evangelical group and made up our minds that it used to be designed for cryptocurrency mining. The Irkutsk Arbitration Court decided with their conclusion and ruled that the charged amount for the electricity was reasonable. It stated that “the claimant carried out activities related to ‘bitcoin mining’, which obviously did not pertain to religious activities.”
However, the court decided that mining bitcoins “definitely does not apply to activities of religious organizations”. Therefore, the exposed energy company account can be considered legitimate. The decision was taken based on the report of power. They analyzed energy consumption and came to the conclusion that the community has spent infinitely more energy than necessary to supply the printing, TASS reported.
The mining church, just like many digital asset enthusiasts, has been promoting from subsidized electricity rates. There are many cases of much superior mining facilities powered by stolen electricity. Recently mining equipment was found in the control room of one of the get-together workshops of Avtovaz, the largest Russian car manufacturer. An employee had plugged the particular hardware into the plant’s grid. The hardware was in operation since last November burning at least 600,000 rubles ($9,085) worth of electrical power to mint coins at an estimated value of 1.2 million rubles ($18,170). More cases like these are to be expected if Russian authorities clamp down on home mining.