On Feb. 18, the Russian Ministry of Finance kicked off public consultations on the rules of cryptocurrency issuance and transactions. While a welcome development, it is less than the country’s crypto space had expected to get. Earlier in the week, the government announced that by Feb. 18, a bill containing the finance ministry and central bank’s consolidated position on crypto regulation would be drafted. Updated estimates suggest that it will take at least another month for draft legislation to see the light. The main reason for the delay appears to be the central bank’s renewed resistance, which just several days ago seemed to have been overcome. Here is a roundup of the latest twists in this rocky ride.
Round 1: Central bank’s ban proposal
On Jan. 20, the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) issued a report summarizing its position on digital assets. Using a variety of the usual anti-crypto arguments, such as comparing digital assets to a Ponzi scheme, the regulator called for a complete domestic ban on using traditional financial infrastructure for crypto trading, as well as for curbing crypto mining in the country.
Round 2: Finance Ministry’s proposed framework
Round 3: The CBR’s about-face
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