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Russian Tech Firms Yandex, Mail.ru Group, Ozon, Wildberries to Establish Fintech Businesses that may Compete with Incumbents

Russian technology firms Yandex, Mail.ru Group, Ozon and Wildberries are reportedly creating their own Fintech platforms so that they can potentially compete with some of the largest banks in the country, according to a report from Forbes Russia. As first reported by the New Economy… Read More

P2P Bitcoin Exchange LocalBitcoins Reports that Russia, Venezuela, Colombia are Among its Main Markets with Most BTC Trading Activity

LocalBitcoins, a global peer to peer (P2P) Bitcoin exchange, notes that its platform allows users to invest in BTC which is notably one of the best-performing assets of 2020. The LocalBitcoins team confirms in a blog post: “According to our data, our main markets are… Read More

Russian Banking Group Sberbank May Issue Its Own Cryptocurrency

Sberbank isn’t ruling out the possibility of issuing its own cryptocurrency, Sbercoin, in 2021. According to CEO of Russian banking group, Herman Gef, Sberbank is joining forces with JP Morgan for the crypto project and may launch the currency as an “experiment” next year. Gref… Read More

Russia’s Bitcoin Mining Facilities are Mostly in Siberia, Energy Surplus Allows BTC Miners to Secure Competitive Electricity Rates: Report

The team at HASHR8 Inc., a cryptocurrency mining and media firm that aims to support the “decentralized growth” of hashrate (or computing power used to secure digital currency networks) while enhancing the security of blockchains, has published a report titled, The State of Bitcoin Mining… Read More

Russian Fintech Tinkoff Debuts Financial Messenger Through Mobile App

Russian banking group Tinkoff announced earlier this week it has launched a financial messenger built into its mobile app that allows users to chat while making financial transactions. According to Tinkoff, customers will be able to share bookings, payments, and gigabytes of traffic soon, as… Read More

US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Warns that Paying Perpetrators of Ransomware Attacks May lead to $20 Million Fine

Companies or businesses that have been targeted with malicious ransomware attacks might potentially face fines as high as $20 million if they agree to the demands from extortionists, particularly the ones who have been listed on financial crime sanctions lists, the US Department of Treasury… Read More

Sberbank Launches Cloud Services for Businesses to Sign Payment Documents Through Mobile App

Russian banking group Sberbank announced on Thursday it is rolling out cloud service for businesses to sign payment documents inside the bank’s mobile app. Sberbank explained that users of its corporate banking solution will be able to clear payments and sign documents through non-certified digital… Read More

Russia and Ukraine have “Disproportionately High” Cryptocurrency Usage with Many Locals Shifting Financial Activity to Digital Assets: Report

Eastern Europe has the fourth-largest cryptocurrency market in terms of total transaction volume, according to Chainalysis’ research. Ukraine and Russia, which are also part of the Eastern European region, have been ranked quite high on Chainalysis’ Global Crypto Adoption Index. It takes into consideration a… Read More

Sberbank Teams Up With Evotor to Roll Out Payment With Customer QR Code

Russian banking group Sberbank announced on Thursday it has teamed up with Evotor to add a new function to the Pay with QR service when accessed through Evotor POS terminals, by letting customers use their QR codes in addition to dynamic QR codes already available…. Read More

Russian Consumer Bank Sberbank Reportedly Launching Blockchain Platform Built on Hyperledger Fabric

Russian banking group Sberbank is reportedly set to launch a blockchain platform built on Hyperledger Fabric. According to Coindesk, the blockchain system is designed for trade finance, which will include exchanging letters of credit. The media outlet also revealed that Sberbank Deputy Chair, Anatoly Popov,… Read More

Russia’s Largest Bank, Sberbank, Is Considering Issuing its Own Stablecoin after Country Introduces New Crypto Law

Russia’s largest banking institution, Sberbank, is reportedly looking into whether it should launch its own stablecoin, which are digital currencies that are pegged or backed by real-world assets, major fiat currencies, or commodities such as gold. Sergey Popov, director of state-owned Sberbank’s transaction business, said… Read More

Russia: Federal Law Addresses Digital Assets, Differentiates Between Digital Securities and Digital Currencies

Russia has signed into law legislation that impacts the cryptocurrency sector. On the last day of July, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, signed the document that introduces a legal framework for digital assets that differentiates between digital securities and digital currencies. The statute, Federal Law… Read More

P2P Bitcoin Marketplace Paxful Reveals that Russians are Turning to Cash and BTC Due to Economic Uncertainty Resulting from COVID-19

Peer to peer Bitcoin marketplace, Paxful claims that there’s now a growing interest in the use of P2P Bitcoin (BTC) trading platforms in Russia. According to a release shared with Crowdfund Insider, many Russians have been turning to cash and BTC during these times of… Read More

Singapore based Digital Asset Firm Matrixport to Launch Bit.com, a Crypto Derivatives Exchange

Singapore-based Matrixport, a company that aims to serve as a gateway to the digital economy where users can trade, custody, invest, and borrow digital assets through a single, unified platform, has launched Bit.com, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange. Founded in February 2019, Matrixport describes itself as… Read More

A Robot Factory or Digital Workers Powered by Machine Learning to Be Introduced by Russia’s VTB Bank to Read, Comprehend, Process Financial Documents

VTB Bank, a leading Russian universal bank with over $6 billion in annual revenue, has introduced a “robot factory.” The bank, which has more than 77,000 workers, says it’s planning to introduce 250 “digital employees” off the production line in the coming years. VTB Bank’s… Read More

Report Claims Missing Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek is in Russia, Transferred Significant Sums from Dubai in Bitcoin

A report in German newspaper Handelsblatt claims that Jan Marsalek, Wirecard‘s former COO who is apparently on the run in light of the collapse of the once prominent Fintech, is said to be hiding out in Russia. The report references in the know individuals who… Read More

Russia’s Sberbank Announces New System For Payment Services “SberPay”

Russian banking group Sberbank announced on Thursday the launch of SberPay, which is a new system for payment services. According to Sberbank, SberPay allows users to pay for purchases both online and offline. “SberPay is absolutely free for retail customers. Fees for using SberPay’s online… Read More

Criminal Court in Russia Refuses to Recognize Bitcoin as Legal Property, Won’t Help Victim who Lost Nearly 100 BTC

A criminal court in Russia has reportedly rejected a motion to offer restitution to a victim after they lost around 100 Bitcoin (BTC), an amount currently valued at around $910,000. In 2018, two Russian men impersonating the country’s Federal Security Service (FSB) agents had allegedly… Read More

Russian Blockchain based E-Voting System Suffers Attack, Locals Claim they’ve been Able to Vote Multiple Times due to Faults in the Platform

Russia’s blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT)-enabled voting system for the constitutional amendments recently suffered an attack through an election observer’s node. State-owned news outlet TASS reported that the attack took place on June 27, 2020, at about 8 PM CET. A spokesperson from government… Read More

Fintech Firms Must Properly Manage Cash Flow, as COVID-19 Is Making it Challenging to Assess Credit Risk, Monedo CEO Says

David Chan, CEO at Monedo (previously Kreditech), a point of sale (PoS) lender that claims to have more than one million customers who have reportedly received over 2 million loans (as of March 2020), says that the online lender has a global addressable market of… Read More

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