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Russian State-Owned Gazprombank to Pilot Cryptocurrency Service

Wilma Woo

Wilma Woo | Mar 30, 2018 | 11:00

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Russian State-Owned Gazprombank to Pilot Cryptocurrency Service

Wilma Woo

Wilma Woo | Mar 30, 2018 | 11:00


A Russian bank may make a pioneering step for the country in allowing its investors to invest in cryptocurrency this year, reports claim.

Gazprombank VP: There Is Demand For Crypto

Various local media outlets today quote Gazprombank senior vice president Aleksandr Sobol as saying “some kind of pilot” scheme involving cryptocurrency might surface as soon as the end of 2018.

Gazprom is a state-owned Russian bank, the third largest bank in the country by assets belonging to the parent company Gazprom.

The move, which if acted on would could about through the bank’s sister operation in Switzerland, would represent a rare opportunity for major Russian investors.

Asked whether Gazprombank had been considering cryptocurrency products, Sobol had told Interfax:

Some kind of pilot [schemes] – yes, of course. These won’t be on a grandiose scale, just for ourselves to see. There is demand from major private clients for such services, thus we are now looking at how we can organize such services for them.

Russia Espies Swiss Crypto Haven

The bank’s plans appeared to surprise the local press, as Russia’s uncertain regulatory climate makes direct interaction with cryptoassets for businesses very difficult to maintain.

Despite a wide-ranging package of regulations being set to come into force July 1, much speculation remains as to what the reality of the new measures will mean for Russian citizens.

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In Switzerland, by contrast, the legal frame has been geared to allowing just this kind of interaction for several years.

Multiple home institutions now offer clients exposure to cryptocurrency through various products, these achieving considerable success since the first ones launched in 2016.

Russia is meanwhile also eagerly preparing its formal approach to Blockchain technology application within its borders.

Bitcoinist reported earlier this week that accompanying regulation could be ready within months, after president Vladimir Putin reiterated Russia must keep up with international pace in February.

“…We need to further advance. This is what we need,” he said at the time.

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