What does Russia’s bid to legalize crypto mean to global crypto adoption

  • December 29, 2022
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Until recently, term deposits or savings accounts were the go-to options, but lately, alternatives such as crypto coins (Bitcoin, Ethereum) have been considered.

Russia is currently experiencing a boom in the use of Cryptocurrencies today.

The growing interest in the use of cryptos in Russia today has been ignited by the recent bills proposed by its lawmakers and the Central Bank towards the official legalization of cryptos.

The Western ban on Russia from using the SWIFT system for making payments has further caused the Russian government to devise other possible means for making fast international payments. Can the Russian move to legalize cryptos for international payments spur more interest in global cryptocurrency adoption today?  What effects will this have on the Russian economy at large? Will it attract more investors to buy cryptocurrency in Russia today? This work has examined these important questions.

Russia’s bid to legalize crypto what you need to know

Russia has become a leading crypto-friendly country today. The limitations placed on the country on using the international method of payment known as SWIFT system seems to have caused the country to embrace crypto all the more for making international payments. Hence, the country is set to legalize the use of cryptocurrencies for making international payments by 2023.

The Russian Central Bank has recently changed its previous condemnation of the use of cryptos and is now working with the Ministry of Finance to obtain approvals for the use of cryptos in making payments across borders.

Speaking on this development the Governor of the Russian Central Bank remarked that cryptocurrency could be used for cross-border payments as long as it does not interfere with the Russian domestic payment method using the Russian Ruble.

Similarly, the move to legalize crypto for making payments in Russia comes almost the same time after its lawmakers pushed a bill for the legalization of crypto mining within the country. The bill had further made provisions to exempt crypto users from value-added tax.

Russia is therefore expected to legalize the use of cryptocurrencies in making payments sooner or later as declared by the Minister of Industry and Trade.

How does Russia’s Bid to Legalize Crypto affect the Global Crypto Adoption

Russia’s bid to legalize crypto could be seen as an important development towards the global adoption of cryptocurrency today. Thus, this move once successful will be expected to  open up the way for other countries to do so, especially the Russian allied countries who will now have to transact regularly with Russia via cryptos.

Similarly, the move will further attract new investors to now utilize crypto in running their transactions due to the assured safety that comes with the government’s regulation of the Crypto sphere.

More importantly, Russia’s bid to legalize crypto will further be a significant force that will propel the mainstream adoption of Cryptocurrencies today. Thus, we can experience a surge in the number of businesses that will now be willing to accept cryptocurrencies as a method of payment. This would contribute immensely towards widespread crypto adoption across the globe.

Above all, there are good chances that  Russia’s legalization of cryptocurrencies could impact positively on their economy in the future especially as new investments and businesses are attracted to the country due to its acceptance of this popular digital form of money. Here, Russian citizens will likely benefit from the creation of new job opportunities from entrepreneurs coming into the country with great expertise in the field of Blockchain technology.  Cryptocurrency as we know requires a certain level of expertise found wanting in many traditional businesses today. Hence, such new companies will pass on the knowledge to the Russian citizens as their employees when they immigrate.

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