Russian crypto advocates urge Putin to stop regulatory hostility

As Russia continues to delay adopting cryptocurrency rules, native advocates have appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to alter the federal government’s strategy to regulating the market.

The Russian Affiliation of Crypto Trade and Blockchain (RACIB) — a serious group of crypto and blockchain fanatics in Russia — issued an open letter to Putin on March 6, urging the president to handle the dangers of ignoring the worldwide improvement of the crypto business.

Within the letter, the RACIB argued that Russia has been too gradual to implement experimental authorized regimes focusing on crypto adoption regardless of enforcing its first crypto law, “On Digital Monetary Property,” in 2021.

In November 2022, lawmakers in Russia introduced a series of legal amendments to the crypto regulation, proposing to launch a “nationwide cryptocurrency alternate.” In line with the RACIB, a few of these amendments would considerably complicate the implementation of digital monetary applied sciences in Russia as they introduce prison sanctions for native blockchain builders.

The proposed amendments would give Russian enforcement authorities a “sea of alternative” to stress the native crypto neighborhood, the RACIB’s govt director Alexander Brazhnikov informed Cointelegraph.

“It is not going to be straightforward for firms within the digital asset business to show that they’re doing every little thing throughout the framework of the Russian laws,” Brazhnikov acknowledged.

The RACIB has finally known as for Putin to place an finish to Russia’s hostile regulatory stance on crypto, because it prevents native companies from totally utilizing the potential of crypto and would doubtlessly lead the nation to “direct monetary losses.” The RACIB acknowledged:

“The present state coverage across the regulation of digital monetary belongings creates critical dangers for the Russian financial system to lag behind not solely unfriendly, but additionally pleasant international locations as a consequence of delaying the introduction of latest monetary applied sciences.”

In line with the RACIB, one of many greatest dangers behind ignoring the advantages of the crypto business is the relocation of native expertise to superior jurisdictions, together with Eurasian Financial Union (EAEU) international locations like Kazakhstan and Armenia.

To assist Russia change its robust regulation stance on crypto, the RACIB has requested Putin to construct a working group, together with representatives of the digital asset neighborhood, to collaborate with the federal government on constructing the state’s crypto regulation coverage. The group has particularly expressed curiosity in creating and making use of cross-border fee techniques in Russia, EAEU jurisdictions, in addition to different international locations like Brazil, India, China and South Africa.

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In 2021, RACIB’s Yury Pripachkin argued that Russia was doing “absolutely nothing” to regulate the native cryptocurrency market.

The information comes quickly after the Russian central financial institution reiterated its uncompromised stance on crypto, with Elizaveta Danilova, head of Financial institution of Russia’s monetary stability division, arguing that legalization of crypto investments threatens the welfare of Russian residents. On the identical time, the Financial institution of Russia sees no drawback in legalizing crypto mining and permitting crypto use in cross-border transactions.