Former Goldman Sachs hedge fund manager and crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz recently weighed in on the crypto market situation amid the ongoing war crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

Speaking to Bloomberg on Tuesday, March 1, Novogratz said the war between Russia and Ukraine will serve as a potential booster for Bitcoin and crypto as it moves people away from the US dollar.

Russia has faced severe sanctions with the world isolating the aggressor from the global financial system SWIFT. As a result, the Russian ruble has lost 40% of its value against the USD in the past week, reaching a multi-decade low. On the other hand, Ukraine has also cut back on the use of local currencies and has started accepting crypto donations to fund its war against Russia.

Novogratz believes that such sanctions and restrictions are likely to encourage people to adopt the decentralized currency. However, he made it clear that this does not mean that Bitcoin or crypto serves as a tool to avoid sanctions. During his interview, the founder of Galaxy Digital Holdings said:

“We have never had a group of nations essentially confiscating real estate from Russian magnates. This sends a message: I want money that lives outside of traditional power.”

Crypto Disconnects From Risk-On Witness

The crypto market witnessed a heavy blow after the Russian invasion of Ukraine last week. However, over the past two days we have witnessed a major trend reversal. On Monday, Bitcoin and the broader crypto market posted double digital gains.

On the other hand, the stock market continued to fall. This shows that Bitcoin and crypto have decoupled themselves from the risk-on assets. This is where Bitcoin’s correlation with Nasdaq came out in the past week.

On the other hand, as the Russian ruble faces a collapse, Russians are aggressively adopting crypto. Trading volumes of the Russian ruble for Bitcoin have tripled in the past week, on crypto exchange Binance.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $44,421 with a market cap of $837 billion. If BTC price holds at $45,000 on a closing basis, we can see some real upside potential here.


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