Russia Scraps Plan for a Crypto Exchange under MOEX

Russia Scraps Plan for a Crypto Exchange under MOEX

The Russian government has abandoned its plan to establish a national cryptocurrency exchange. Instead, the country now wants to set up rules to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges, according to the local news agency Izvestia, which cited State Duma member Anatoly Aksakov.

No National Crypto Exchange

The Russian lawmakers initially floated the idea of launching a unified cryptocurrency exchange as a part of the Moscow Exchange last year. However, the country’s Ministry of Finance was among the authorities against the development of such a government-backed crypto exchange.

“The [Ministry] did not support the establishment of one national crypto-exchange,” said Ivan Chebeskov, the Director of the Financial Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance for the Russian Federation, adding that the idea now is to “legally regulate the possibility of creating such sites by business.”

Sanctions against Russia

Russia, because of its ongoing aggression against Ukraine, is facing heavy economic sanctions brought by the Western governments. The European Union and its allies even imposed a SWIFT ban on Russian financial institutions, impacting cross-border business transactions.

Aksakov highlighted that regulated crypto exchanges would help Russian businesses to process cross-border transactions. However, such service facilities by global crypto exchanges could lead to sanctions being raised against them.

The sanctions against Russia were extended to cryptocurrencies when, in August 2022, the European Union imposed a crypto wallet cap of EUR 10,000 on Russian accounts. Later, these sanctions were broadened to a crypto payment ban, eliminating Russians from using any crypto service registered in the EU.

Global crypto exchanges had adhered to these rules and suspended their services within Russia. However, Binance, the largest crypto exchange in terms of trade volume, quietly reinstated its services for Russians, according to media reports. Presently, the exchange is reportedly facing a US probe for possibly violating sanctions against Russia.

Earlier, the Bank of Russia termed cryptocurrencies as properties and proposed an outright ban on crypto payments. Additionally, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law to outlaw payments in digital assets.

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This article was written by Arnab Shome at www.financemagnates.com.

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