Huobi Russia, a Moscow-based franchise of the Singapore-based crypto exchange, has launched Russian ruble deposits and will soon have its own token listing service.
Starting Thursday, users of Huobi Russia have an option to deposit Russian rubles on their balances via bank transfers, the exchange announced Thursday at an event in Moscow.
The deposits will be processed via a bank in Uzbekistan, where Huobi Russia’s legal entity, HBRU CIS, has secured an approval letter from the country’s Justice Ministry, Huobi Russia CEO Vladimir Demin told CoinDesk.
The document, seen by CoinDesk, was issued by the Agency of State Services under the Ministry of Justice of Uzbekistan and featuring HBRU CIS as an addressee. It states that the ministry considers the operations related with digital assets, software and IT-consulting as not prohibited by the applicable law.
Uzbekistan has recently made steps to facilitate the work of crypto exchanges in the country, including via tax incentives. Huobi will be working with local institution InfinBank, Demin told CoinDesk.
CoinDesk has reached out to the Ministry of Justice and InfinBank for comment.
The Russian arm is also launching its own platform for token listings, called Huobi Russia Origin. So far, projects that wanted to conduct a token launch on Huobi could only do it via the exchange’s launchpad platform Huobi Prime, owned by Huobi Global. Now there’ll be a Russia-only option.
According to Shawn Chong, business development lead at Huobi Cloud, the exchange’s franchise management branch, Huobi Russia Origin will have its own token for fees that will be launched soon.
A listing on Origin will not mean the project will also be listed on Huobi Prime, and such tokens will be available only for buyers registered on the Russian platform, Chong told CoinDesk. A separate listing service had been requested by the Huobi Russia team and Huobi Cloud decided to provide the option, he said.
“If it helps the market in a certain region and it’s not illegal, we don’t see any reason for not helping them. The main idea is, we want to grow with these new [local] projects,” Chong said.
The launch date for Origin is still to be determined, and will depend on the demand for potential listings on the new platform, he said.
The rules for listing applications will be published by Dec. 30, according to Demin. There will be no listing fee, but Huobi Russia may offer associated paid services, like a legal opinion on the project before listing, he said.
Correction (Nov. 30, 10:20 UTC): This article previously described the service as being a launchpad for initial exchange offerings, in fact it’s a token listing service, as the firm corrected in a later statement.