An advisor to Russian president Vladimir Putin has reportedly spoken out about bitcoin, going as far to suggest that taking payments in the digital currency is a criminal act.
Klimenko went on to suggest that other countries will move to ban digital currencies should broader adoption take place.
"Because no state in the world, while watching it in homeopathic doses with pleasure, but when it becomes critical, everyone will certainly ban it," he told the publication.
Klimenko has notably spoken out about regulating the Internet in the past.
As reported by Russian-language online news source Meduza, based in Latvia, the presidential advisor believes that the Internet needs more regulation because "the Internet is flooded with money, and criminals and terrorists".
"Of course, all this needs to be regulated," he said.
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