Report: Russia's Gazprombank to Test Cryptocurrency Service
Russia's state-owned Gazprombank is reportedly looking into facilitating cryptocurrency transactions through a Swiss subsidiary.
Russia's third-largest state-owned bank wants to let its wealthy clients trade cryptocurrencies, an official said.
Gazprombank deputy chairman Alexander Sobol said the bank may launch a pilot program this year, though it is early in the planning stages.
As such, there are no firm details yet on whether Gazprombank itself will invest in cryptocurrencies or just allow its customers to do so. Sobol said his team is "trying to follow the situation actively," according to Russian daily news organization Vedomosti.
Sobol continued, saying:
The pilot program, if it happens, will be done through a Swiss subsidiary to take advantage of Switzerland's relatively permissive regulatory environment, he said. The bank has already begun studying cryptocurrency.
Crypto is not currently regulated in Russia, though this may soon change. As previously reported, Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered the State Duma to vote on cryptocurrency legislation by July 1. The legislature will look at two draft laws, which would limit initial coin offerings and other aspects of the cryptocurrency space.
While there was some initial disagreement between the country's central bank and finance ministry regarding how to define cryptocurrencies, the two agencies agreed the central bank's statements would take priority.
Note: Statements in this article have been translated from Russian.
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