New details have emerged about Russian payments giant Qiwi's plans to issue its own cryptocurrency.
Russian-language bitcoin news site ForkLog spoke with Qiwi communications director Konstantin Koltsov and Alexei Arkhipov, who is overseeing the project, about the "bitruble", which made waves in Russian media circles last month after the firm announced its intentions.
Koltsov and Arkhipov defended Qiwi's cryptocurrency initiative in the interview, noting that different market players have differing opinions on the plan. They went on to suggest that Qiwi believes the project has the potential to cut costs and improve operations within the payment processor.
The representatives told ForkLog:
The two disclosed that Qiwi has been "researching cryptotechnologies for like a year, maybe a bit more", spending roughly six months on the cryptocurrency initiative from inception to its announcement.
"Certainly, we are ready to release the project in 2016, but we have to wait for the Central Bank’s reaction; its opinion and vision as to when and how it has to happen is important," the two said in the interview.
The Qiwi reps declined to get into specifics about the make-up of its cryptocurrency project, stating:
Read the full interview here.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled Konstantin Koltsov's last name as "Kolstov".
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