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Bitcoin Russia: a new law proposition by Russia’s Central Bank

The Bitcoin Russia saga is continuing to move on, as the Russia’s Central Bank is writing a new law focused on digital currencies.

Reports suggest that the Bank of Russia is looking to recognize digital currencies as digital goods, so they will be subjected to regular taxation.

Also, this law will include info on how the government will keep an eye on and regulate domestic marketplaces.

According to Bloomberg and RBC, in fact, deputy governor of the Bank of Russia, Olga Skorobogatova discussed her institution’s work on new legislation.

On May 25th, Skorobogatova explained that legislation could be introduced in the Russia’s national legislature – or the so- called Duma – in June.

Digital currencies “should be regulated, because volumes are increasing compared to the previous year. If people are engaged in this, they have to pay money for it, and we have to have a clear understanding of how to control this activity”, explained Skorobogatova, according to a recent report published by Bloomberg.

So, Russia is moving ever closer toward some kind of legislative framework for bitcoin and other digital currencies.

Initially, the government seemed to want to take a contrary stance on the creation of issuance of the money surrogates and Russian officials revealed their idea to ban bitcoin as illegal.

That position has changed during the recent months, and the enthusiasm on the blockchain started to increase among both officials from the Bank of Russia as well as the Russian government.

For example, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev pushed for research into public applications of the distributed ledger tech.

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Bitcoin in Russia: regulation will take place in 2019

Russia’s Ministry of Communications (Minkomsvyaz) has revealed it is looking for legalizing Bitcoin in Russia and the blockchain technology by 2019.

The local news agency called TASS talks about a document about the Russia’s Digital Economy of the Russian Federation project, which lays out a timeframe for creating and passing the blockchain regulation.

The document quoted the following:

“bringing into effect regulatory acts governing the possible use of technology for decentralized registers and legal certificates.”

Back in March, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed Minkomsvyaz and its counterpart Ministry of Economic Growth (Minekonomrazvitie) to “study to what extent Blockchain would be applicable to our system of government.”

During the last year, Bitcoin in Russia has solidified from a rhetoric point of view also because the Russian Central Bank decided not to ban digital currencies including Bitcoin and this news was useful to calm businesses and users’ after a few years of uncertainty when Russia stated it would ban cryptocurrencies within the country.

Then, back in April, 2017, Russia announced it would recognize Bitcoin by 2018, but monitoring each transaction.

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Bitcoin in Russia: transactions will be monitored

Bitcoin in Russia will be officially “recognized” by 2018, but each transaction will be subjected to monitoring.

In a recent statement by the Russian central bank, Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Moiseev explains – in an interview quoted by Bloomberg – that a legal position about Bitcoin in Russia will be taken in the next future.

Recently, bitcoin and altcoins had been put aside regarding regulation, with users and companies operating in Russia threatened with takedowns and jail.

In October, Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor blocked access to a peer-to-peer marketplace called LocalBitcoins, but developers responded by setting up a new mirror site, LocalBitcoins.net.

“The state needs to know who at every moment of time stands on both sides of the financial chain. If there’s a transaction, the people who facilitate it should understand from whom they bought and to whom they were selling, just like with bank operations,” said Moiseev about the Russian government position.

While digital currencies are still yet to receive an official status, Bloomberg reports that they will be treated as assets, cash or security by mid-2017.

Back in January, Deputy Olga Skorobogatova (Bank of Russia) commented that authorities “would not like to concretely block anything” instead of “understanding how to approach cryptocurrency and from this generating a basis for regulation.”

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Central Bank of Russia works on the Blockchain

Central bank of Russia is continuing to work and study blockchain applications, having announced the creation of a new FinTech group focused in part on the distributed ledger.

Officially formed on 28th December 2016, the Russian group includes representatives from several important Russian banks including Alfa Bank, Sberbank and VTB. Also, it includes payments processor Qiwi and the National System of Payment Cards (NSPK).

Earlier this week, the company said Qiwi CEO Sergey Solonin will be the association’s new chief.

In addition to the blockchain, Central Bank of Russia explained it will also investigate identification technologies and new payment system frameworks within the group.

Olga Skorobogatova, or the bank’s deputy governor, explained in an official statement:

“The Association’s key objectives will include the development and introduction of new technological solutions to ensure the development of the Russian financial market. It will also promote digitalisation of the Russian economy.”

This news reveals that Bank of Russia intends to play a leading role in the test and development of blockchain applications within the country and not only. Its interest in the technology is not a secret.

Recenlty, the Russian central bank has been undertaking a hands-on education into the ledger, announcing a new system for financial messaging called Masterchain back in October to improve its national payment system.

Also, the Russian government has been exploring the blockchain and it announced that Bitcoin is not an illegal method of payment.

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Russian Blockchain to improve national payments

Today we want to talk about the recent Russian Blockchain interest and the country major announcements related to bitcoin and the distributed ledger.

According to Economic Times, Russia wants to use the blockchain technology to improve its national payment system and to simplify clients’ identification.

The Association of Financial Innovation (AFI) in Russia, in fact, prepared a draft for improving the regulation of its own national payment system.

This draft has been shared for a first discussion on the Association’s official web site. After this discussion, the roadmap will be presented to the Russian Duma, the Ministry of finance and the Bank of Russia.

According to the official article, the roadmap includes the use of the distributed ledger technology for users identification. Here an extract:

“Along with expansion opportunities in the short term transactions under the simplified identification of clients, develop an approach and implement a single identifier (possibly using blockchain technology)”.

The Association for Financial Technologies Development (FinTech Association) was recently setted up by the Bank of Russia.

Its participants will study and test the most promising technologies, including the distributed ledger, open application program interface (open API) and remote identification technologies. Also, the association will create a single payment space both for households and legal entities.

Russian Blockchain Interest

Earlier in 2016, the Bank of Russia revealed its technical prototype for financial messaging, based on the blockchain and called Masterchain.

This tool would allow instant confirmation of data; also it would create a few financial opportunities for the market participants to provide game-changing products and services to their clients.

Recenlty Russia seems to love the Blockchain very much. In fact, the national tax authority recognized Bitcoin as a foreign money, expressing the legality of Bitcoin use and transactions.

Also, Siberia Airlines revealed its use of the Ethereum Blockchain Smart Contract in a few transations. 

To read more about Russian Blockchain projects, click here.

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Russia Bitcoin recognized by tax authorities

The uncertainties about the relationship Russia Bitcoin were finally disappeared.

In an official document published a few days ago on November 29th Russia’s federal tax service expressed its new position regarding the legality of Bitcoin use and transactions.

In fact, the document finally explained that there is no legal prohibition of digital currencies in Russia.

Russia Bitcoin and uncertainty

For almost three years it was not clear if the Russian authorities  wanted to ban or accept Bitcoin and introduce several penalties.

Somewhere during this period, the Russian ministry of finance commented about the possibility of a four years imprisonment introduction for people involved in the Bitcoin use.

Also, even bank officials sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from holding certain positions.

However, Russian authorities changed their idea and gave the ministry of finance a new directive to write a law on Bitcoin.

For Russia Bitcoin is a foreign currency

The federal tax service’s document affirms the legality of Bitcoin and indicates that all trading operations related to Bitcoin and any other digital currency are to be considered as foreign and external securities.

In fact, this document essentially defines the buying and selling of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies a monetary transaction.

Bitcoin for Money laundering and terrorism

However, the document also explained that Russian authorities will investigate about people who use Bitcoin for money laundering and terrorism.

Even if this calls for KYC and AML from exchanges is yet to be clarified by the Russian government as there are more interpretations that are yet to be communicated.

Source: Coindesk.com

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Blockchain Voting: Russian government will use the ledger

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Blockchain Voting: Russian government will use the ledger

Today Moscow government revealed its plan to study the blockchain voting system.
According to Gazeta.ru, deputy Andrey Belozerov explained that the Department of Information Technologies (DIT) of Moscow is studying how to apply the distributed ledger to various use cases, including blockchain voting to avoid frauds.
Moscow government could incorporate the blockchain into Active Citizen, an application for e-government that aims at getting Russian citizens more active in local decisions. 
One of the greatest Russian Sberbank could also be involved in this project.

Russia and Digital Currencies

Russian government previously tried to pose a ban on cryptocurrencies, but this position changed as major financial institutions expressed their own interest in exploring the blockchain and digital currencies.

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Regulators to allow Bitcoin in Russia


Russia’s Ministry of Finance revealed that regulators now wants to propose a new law to allow Bitcoin in Russia.
Actually, they want still ban Bitcoin in Russia for domestic use, but they want to use it as a foreign currency.
In a recent interview conducted by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta magazine, deputy finance minister Alexei Moiseev explained this move to limit the use of other currencies domestically. 
As Moiseev said, ruble is supported by Russian Constitution, so it can be the only currency in use for national trading.

How to use Bitcoin in Russia

“Can Russian citizens have a wallet and pay bitcoins in those countries where it is allowed? Why not? Therefore, we are formulating the law in such a way in order to allow buying cryptocurrencies for foreign operations and allow Russian citizens to sell bitcoins for profit reasons in foreign countries.”
This announcement represents a significant change for Bitcoin Russia.
In fact, previously Russian government wanted to ban digital currencies and to impose criminal penalties for their users, despite more positive notes from the Russian central bank.
Currently there is no law to prevent the use of bitcoin domestically, and Russia doesn’t want to limit the development of the blockchain, but only to prevent the Bitcoin use for national commerce.

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Russian Party accepts Bitcoin


Today reports explain that a minor political Russian party accepts bitcoin donations.

The center-right party created back in 2009 called the Party of Growth, in fact, will accept donations in the cryptocurrency. 
This news originally appeared on Interfax and TASS, two magazines about Russia and that cover remarks from Boris Titov, the head of the Party of Growth and advisor to Russian President Putin for business-related issues.

Why the Russian Party accepts Bitcoin 

According to these magazines, Titov explained that the party need funds from new sources, including crowdfunding and bitcoin – but only from people with verified identity, he continued. 
In fact, the party wants to promote the acceptance of the digital currency within its own country.
To do so, the party will also create a legislation that will be able to simplify the technology adoption and development in Russia.

“Russia can take advantage of the difficult economic situation that has developed today for us to become a very profitable country open to blockchain”.
Currently the party of Growth doesn’t hold any seats in the Duma, but it has two representatives in Russia’s regional legislatures.

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Russian Party accepts Bitcoin

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Today reports explain that a minor political Russian party accepts bitcoin donations.

The center-right party created back in 2009 called the Party of Growth, in fact, will accept donations in the cryptocurrency. 

This news originally appeared on Interfax and TASS, two magazines about Russia and that cover remarks from Boris Titov, the head of the Party of Growth and advisor to Russian President Putin for business-related issues.

Why the Russian Party accepts Bitcoin 

According to these magazines, Titov explained that the party need funds from new sources, including crowdfunding and bitcoin – but only from people with verified identity, he continued. 

In fact, the party wants to promote the acceptance of the digital currency within its own country.

To do so, the party will also create a legislation that will be able to simplify the technology adoption and development in Russia.

“Russia can take advantage of the difficult economic situation that has developed today for us to become a very profitable country open to blockchain.”

Currently the party of Growth doesn’t hold any seats in the Duma, but it has two representatives in Russia’s regional legislatures.

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Amelia Tomasicchio