- Oct 25, 2021
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Financial Market Committee Sees Threats in Digital Ruble Project
Russia’s digital fiat, currently under development, brings certain risks that lawmakers want the central bank to carefully examine. The implementation of the digital ruble may pose a challenge for the country’s financial sector, members of the important Financial Market Committee at the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, have noted after deliberations on the project.
The deputies are worried that the new form of the Russian currency, the third incarnation of the ruble after cash and bank money, will increase competition in the banking sector. This could hurt the profits of financial institutions and significantly increase the role of the state in the industry.
Furthermore, the introduction of a digital, programmable fiat carries new kinds of risks — in the field of information security, for example. The authors of the report have advised Bank of Russia to analyze the threats to macroeconomic stability and the banking sector. They recommend that the regulator prepare response measures in advance, in case these risks materialize.
At the same time, the Duma committee expects the digital ruble to ensure fast, simple, and secure payments while reducing the cost of payment services. It “positively assesses the analysis of the introduction of digital currency and believes that it would also be interesting to analyze the impact of the spread of cryptocurrencies in global transactions,” the conclusion reads.
With Russians increasingly choosing non-cash payment solutions — these have reached 75% in the past seven years — and with the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies in mind, the CBR and other institutions have seriously taken on the task of offering Russian citizens a government-controlled digital currency. Officials are planning to
In June, Bank of Russia formed a digital ruble pilot group with the participation of over a dozen banks and other stakeholders. The authority plans to complete the platform’s prototype in December 2021 and start testing the
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