Russia Will Ban Bitcoin and Digital Currency Exchanges

Sergei Shvetsov, first deputy governor of the central bank of Russia has noted that Russia will block access to web sites belonging to exchanges and buying and selling systems offering digital currencies like bitcoin. The central bank official was talking at an economic markets conference while he pointed to the dubious nature of bitcoin as a funding tool for retail investors.

Sergei Shvetsov stated:

“We can’t stand aside. We can’t provide direct and smooth access to such doubtful instruments for retail investors.”


The central bank deputy governor’s feedback are in comparison to the ones provided by Russia’s finance minister Anton Siluanov remaining month. Talking at an economic discussion board in Moscow, Anton Siluanov called for the Russian authorities to simply accept the truth digital currencies permeating into society. There’s no sense in banning them, there’s a want to manage them, mentioned Russia’s finance minister much less than a month ago. However, in step with the central banker, the blockade is to defend retail ordinary traders from bitcoin’s volatility.

Anton Siluanov mentioned:

“We suppose that for our residents, for organizations the use of such digital currencies as a funding object contains unreasonably excessive risks.”

In 2016, European bitcoin exchanges, Bitstamp and BTC-e, were blocked briefly by Russia’s telecom regulator, successfully putting the domains in a blacklist shared by all Russian ISPs.


Russia’s telecom regulator Roskomnadzor has additionally blocked access to multiple bitcoin-associated internet sites in 2015 in anticipation of a legislative ban on bitcoin that never happened. The blockade was quickly overturned in a Russian court. In September 2016, the regulator blocked access to famous peer-to-peer bitcoin buying and selling platform LocalBitcoins.

Sergei Shvetsov’s revelatory feedback on the central bank’s stance on digital currencies coincide with comparable latest statements by Russia’s deputy finance minister Alexei Moiseev. In a televised interview in August, Moiseev compared digital currency investments to that of an excessive-danger economic pyramid, beforehand of guidelines anticipated in 2018. Alexei Moisev additionally mentioned that policies could permit just qualified traders to purchase and promote bitcoin and digital currencies on exchanges in Russia.


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