Satoshi Nakamoto may have used a Russian proxy back in January 2009, when Bitcoin v0.1.0 was first released. There are signs of this in the file “irc.cpp” in line 212. However, this seems to have been interchanged with a simple cipher.
Was Satoshi a Russian?
The fact that Satoshi may be using a Russian proxy does not necessarily mean that he or a member of the suspected team had connections to Russia. However, there is evidence that Russian-speaking people have been in the Bitcoin (BTC) community almost from the start. In fact, the forum in Russian was the first section on Bitcointalk that was not in English.Joseph Vaughn Perling, known in the forum as the NewLibertyStandard, was active in the Russian-language chats. He doesn’t seem to have Russian roots and his Russian is not perfect, but essentially fluent. He registered on the forum on January 19, 2010 and had the user number 26.In a post dated July 28, 2010, he suggested that the Russian spelling of Bitcoin should not just be a Russian version of the name, but a literal translation of the word Bitcoin. His proposal did not prevail.
However, Chepurnoy says it is unlikely that Satoshi would use a Russian proxy if he was Russian. He would rather use a western proxy to hide from Russian intelligence.