It was big news recently when Russia contemplated a ban on cryptocurrency activities in the country. Now President Vladimir Putin is reportedly backing plans for regulating crypto mining in Russia, reports Yahoo Finance!
On Wednesday, Putin countered calls by the central bank for a blanket ban on cryptocurrencies.
Speaking at a video conference with his government officials on Wednesday, he said Russia has “competitive advantages” in crypto mining.
Putin for Tax and regulate rather than banning.
The President suggested that they “tax and regulate” cryptocurrency mining rather than banning the practice.
Bloomberg quoted the Russian President saying, “We also have certain competitive advantages here, especially in the so-called mining,” “I mean the surplus of electricity and well-trained personnel available in the country.”
Three people familiar with the situation were of the opinion that crypto-related activities will get approved. “The president’s backing, combined with his public comments this week, means that the proposals are likely to be approved,” they said per the Bloomberg report.
The report further adds them saying, “The President supports the proposal to restrict mining to regions with a surplus of electricity, such as Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, and Karelia.”
Putin urged his country’s central bank to function in tandem with his government on the way ahead for permitting crypto-related activities.
The President’s comments came in line considering the fact that Russia ranks only third on the list of crypto mining countries based on hash rate distribution. On the other hand, the US and Kazakhstan are ranked first and second.