Russia must ban cryptocurrencies, the country's central bank said in a report released Thursday.

The report, "Cryptocurrencies: trends, risks, measures," was presented during an online press conference with Elizaveta Danilova, the director of the Bank of Russia's Financial Stability Department.

The report says cryptocurrencies are volatile and widely used in illegal activities such as fraud. By offering an outlet for people to take their money out of the national economy, they risk undermining it and making the regulator's job of maintaining optimal monetary policies harder, the report says.

The bank, therefore, suggest Russia needs new laws and regulations that effectively ban any crypto-related activities in the country. In particular, cryptocurrency issuance and organization of its circulation in Russia must be banned. The ban should apply to exchanges, over-the-counter trading desks and peer-to-peer platforms.

An existing ban on using crypto for payments should be reinforced, and punishment should be introduced for buying or selling goods, services and labor by Russian individuals and businesses, the report suggests.

Russian institutional investors should not be allowed to invest in crypto-assets and no Russian financial organizations or infrastructure should be used fro cryptocurrency transactions. The Bank of Russia has already barred mutual funds from investing in cryptocurrencies. Now, it is suggesting introducing a punishment for breaking this ban.

Cryptocurrency mining, which has flourished in Russia over the past few years and even earned some nods of approval from the country's parliament last year, also came under fire.

Mining creates fresh supply of cryptocurrencies, so it stimulates the demand for other crypto services such as exchanges and "creates a non-productive electricity expenditure, which undermines the energy supply of residential buildings, social infrastructure and industrial objects, as well as the environmental agenda of the Russian Federation," the report said.

The "optimal solution" would be to ban crypto mining in Russia, the regulator said in the report.

The central bank plans to monitor cryptocurrency transactions by Russian residents and coordinate with the countries where cryptocurrency exchanges are registered to get information on transactions by Russian users, the report says.

The regulator believes that in the future, enhancing the current banking infrastructure, as well as introducing the digital ruble, a central bank digital currency (CBDC) currently in the works by the Bank of Russia, will satisfy the need of Russians for fast and cheap digital payment options, effectively giving them advantages of crypto without crypto.

As for the investment appeal of crypto assets, that can be replaced by the digital assets, which will be issued in Russia under the law on the digital assets, in effect since the summer 2020, the Bank of Russia said.

Earlier, the Bank of Russia said that Russians conduct over $5 billion worth of crypto transactions in a year, but did not clarify how this number was calculated.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

All writers’ opinions are their own and do not constitute financial advice in any way whatsoever. Nothing published by CoinDesk constitutes an investment recommendation, nor should any data or Content published by CoinDesk be relied upon for any investment activities. CoinDesk strongly recommends that you perform your own independent research and/or speak with a qualified investment professional before making any financial decisions.

Cryptos feed Join Telegram

Recommended content


Recommended Content

Editors’ Picks

Scam Alert: How to avoid trouble on Terra’s LUNA 2.0 airdrop

Scam Alert: How to avoid trouble on Terra’s LUNA 2.0 airdrop

The LUNA hard fork is set to occur on May 28, followed by the subsequent airdrop of LUNA 2.0 tokens to eligible holders. Ahead of the real LUNA 2.0 airdrop, some scammers have tried to lure LUNA and UST holders to send their assets in lieu of receiving the new tokens. 

More Terra News

Bitcoin Weekly Forecast: On-chain metrics support multiplying downside threats

Bitcoin Weekly Forecast: On-chain metrics support multiplying downside threats

Bitcoin price consolidates above a weekly support level after the LUNA-induced crash on May 12. This coiling price action could cause BTC to trigger a move to the downside, further deepening the woes of investors.

More Bitcoin News

This Web3 move by Crypto.com could be a good bet for patient investors

This Web3 move by Crypto.com could be a good bet for patient investors

Crypto.com price stabilization on a high time frame chart indicates that a bottom formation could be taking place. This pattern combined with a bullish signal from a momentum indicator adds credence to the possibility of a reversal and a recovery rally for CRO.

More Crypto.com News

Why Elon Musk’s tweet failed to move Dogecoin price

Why Elon Musk’s tweet failed to move Dogecoin price

Dogecoin price slipped up as Bitcoin price triggered a sudden crash on May 26. This downswing, while serving as a great opportunity to accumulate DOGE, failed to recover alongside BTC.

More Dogecoin News

Bitcoin: On-chain metrics support multiplying downside threats

Bitcoin: On-chain metrics support multiplying downside threats

Bitcoin price consolidates above a weekly support level after the LUNA-induced crash on May 12. This coiling price action could cause BTC to trigger a move to the downside, further deepening the woes of investors.

Read full analysis

BTC

ETH

XRP