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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

Tinkoff Announces Transfers By Phone Number From Foreign Currency & Savings Accounts

Russian banking group Tinkoff announced earlier this week it has added new translation capabilities by phone number in the mobile app. The following options are now available on the Tinkoff platform: Transfers by phone number can now be made from savings accounts, both inside Tinkoff… Read More

Berlin based Digital Bank Vivid Money Launches via Visa and solarisBank Partnership

Berlin-headquartered Vivid Money, a digital banking service provider that’s supported by Russia’s Tinkoff Bank, launched on June 8, 2020 through a partnership with solarisBank and payments giant Visa. Vivid Money says it’s the first mobile-based, full-service banking solution, providing cashback incentives, sub-accounts in major foreign… Read More

Russia: Blockchain Trade Finance Platform Factorin Reports $500+ Million in Turnover in First Year

Factorin, a trade finance platform using blockchain, reports that it has “transformed” the trade finance market in Russia in one year since launch. According to a company release, Factorin has garnered relationships with 30 different banking entities, processed 246,000 invoices with transactional turnover exceeding $500… Read More

Russia’s Largest Bank, Sberbank, Calls on Suppliers to Provide 4,917 ATMs that come with Graphic Cards to Perform “Blockchain Operations”

Russia’s largest banking institution, Sberbank, has reportedly called on local suppliers to provide 4,917 ATMs that come with built-in graphic cards that can perform “blockchain operations.” According to industry experts, these graphic cards would most likely be used for mining decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC)…. Read More

Wirex Announces Plans to Diversify Funding Options for Russian Customers

  Wirex, a UK-based payments platform, announced on Tuesday it is diversifying its funding options by allowing customers in Russia to fund their accounts by allowing top-ups using domestic bank cards. According to Wirex, users may now link their bank-issued credit or debit card to… Read More

Sberbank Unveils Anti-Crisis Support Platform Specifically For SMEs

Russian banking group Sberbank announced earlier this week it is launching an anti-crisis support platform, SberUnity, that is specifically for SMEs. According to Sberbank, SberUnity was created to help businesses find new solutions and transform their companies from offline to online ones. Sberbank also claims… Read More

Busted: U.S. Arrests Russian Rapper Maxim Boyko For Cryptocurrency Laundering

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly arrested Russian rapper Maxim Boyko for cryptocurrency laundering. According to the Moscow Times, Boyok was arrested at a Miami condo this past weekend. The Affidavit submitted to support Boyko’s arrest revealed that the rapper “knowingly and intentionally conspire… Read More

Russia’s Planned Introduction of its Cryptocurrency Bill has Been Postponed Again, Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The planned introduction of Russia’s cryptocurrency laws and regulations have been delayed again, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Anatoly Aksakov, chairman at the Russian State Duma committee on financial markets, claims that the nation’s virtual currency law, the bill “On Digital Financial Assets,” has… Read More

Russia to Ban Crypto? Recent Interview by Central Bank Official Raises Possibility

Earlier this week Alexey Guznov, Director of the Legal Department of the Bank of Russia, was interviewed by Interfax on a diverse range of topics. The discussion also included the regulatory approach to digital assets and pending legislation. Currently, there is draft legislation in the… Read More

Central Bank of Russia Announces Digital Asset Framework, Regulatory Sandbox Pilot

The Central Bank of Russia issued a release this week indicating a pilot project leveraging blockchain for the issuance of “digital rights” has been completed. The intent is to allow the tokenization of goods, services, and other assets including securities. Draft legislation is expected soon…. Read More

Russian Residents Are Increasingly Conducting Cashless Transactions, As Overall Digital Payments Rise Nationwide: Report

The fourth quarter of 2019 saw Russia’s citizens perform more digital payments than transacting with cash (for the first time ever), state-owned Sberbank confirmed. Moscow-based Sberbank conducted the market research as part of its SberData initiative, revealing that Russian residents performed 50.4% of total transfers… Read More

Sberbank’s Loyalty Program Now Allows Customers to Send Reward Points to Each Other

Russian banking group Sberbank announced on Tuesday its loyal program is now allowing users to send reward points to each other. According to Sberbank, all loyalty program members, besides those who are at the lowest Spasibo privilege level, will be entitled to transfer points from… Read More

Russia’s Central Bank Is Reportedly Testing Several Stablecoins, Head of Reserve Bank Elvira Nabiullina Confirms

The Bank of Russia, the nation’s central bank, is reportedly testing various stablecoins, which are pegged to major fiat currencies or other types of real-world assets in a regulatory sandbox environment. Head of the Russian reserve bank, Elvira Nabiullina, says that the institution does not… Read More

BBC Report: Russian Military Intelligence Stole $450 Million in Cryptocurrency from WEX Exchange

Evidence unearthed by the BBC Russia suggests that the FSB, Russia’s military intelligence agency, is behind the disappearance of $450 million USD worth of cryptocurrency from the WEX cryptocurrency exchange. Much of that money belonged to exchange customers. Other parts of the story suggest the… Read More

Report: Head of Russia’s Central Bank Joins Chorus of Regulators Critical of Private Currencies Like Facebook’s Libra

Elvira Nabiullina, governor at the Bank of Russia since 2013, told the Russian parliament this week that she supports Fintech innovations but opposes private currencies like Facebook’s Libra because they pose a threat to financial stability. She also said she and the bank are monitoring… Read More

Report: Three Global Crypto Exchanges Vying to Enter Ukraine, Claim 25-30% of All Crypto Traders Reside in Former Soviet Block Countries

Three of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world are seeking licenses and banking partners to set up in the Ukraine, Andriy Kolodiuk, Chair of the supervisory board of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), told the Kyiv Post this week. He… Read More

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