The CEO of Russian bank Sberbank has reportedly admitted to owning a "small amount of bitcoin", after an official from the country said an upcoming 'BitRuble' project was "illegal".
German Greft, the former Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation made the comment at Finnopolis 2015 – a FinTech conference – and noted how he had also fallen victim to the digital currency's volatility.
Speaking at the event, Gref said:
Speaking during a radio broadcast, Medvedev noted that Russia's Central Bank was, according to the constitution, the only entity allowed to issue money in the country.
Although now a corporate senior officer at Sberbank – where the Russian government holds the majority of shares – Gref has a notable history in public office, during which he also held the position of first deputy minister of state property of the Russian Federation.
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