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Bank of Russia unveils digital ruble details, logo, and fee structure

Bank of Russia unveils digital ruble details, logo, and fee structure

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  • The Bank of Russia revealed the logo and fees for the digital ruble. All services will be free until 2025.
  • The central bank does not expect mass adoption of the digital ruble before 2025 or 2027. It will co-exist with other forms of rubles.
  • Russia’s move to embrace digital currency comes amid economic challenges, marking a significant step in modernizing its financial system.

On August 3, the Bank of Russia (BoR) unveiled the logo and details surrounding the country’s central bank digital currency (CBDC), the digital ruble. The logo consists of an international ruble symbol in a circle and comes in four basic color combinations.

The BoR has also laid out its fee structure for various operations related to the CBDC. Until the end of 2024, transactions with the digital ruble will be free of charge. Afterward, a fee structure will be imposed, targeting both business-to-business transactions and individuals’ interactions with commercial accounts and civil services.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the digital ruble’s pilot phase and is expected to go live in collaboration with thirteen local banks on August 1, 2023.

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The digital ruble symbol. Source: The Bank of Russia

A cautious approach to adoption and regulation of the digital currency

While the CBDC has officially been signed into law, the BoR anticipates a measured approach to the digital ruble’s mass adoption with Governor Elvira Nabiullina and deputy governor Olga Skorobogatova at the helm. The central bank does not foresee widespread usage of the digital currency before 2025 or 2027. The digital ruble will not replace cash; rather, it will operate alongside traditional cash and non-cash rubles, and citizens will not be obligated to use the CBDC.

Despite this advance towards a digital ruble, private digital currencies remain unregulated in Russia. Lawmakers continue to delay the introduction of cryptocurrency legislation. State Duma member Anatoly Aksakov promised to address four bills related to crypto mining, taxation, and international crypto settlement in May 2023.

Conclusion 

With Russia’s economy strained by Western sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine, the nation’s efforts towards the digital ruble have accelerated. The introduction of the CBDC symbol and commission structure indicates a significant step in embracing digital currency, offering an alternative form of payment and transfer while maintaining a cautious stance towards adoption. The implementation of the digital ruble also sends a clear message about Russia’s desire to modernize its financial infrastructure, even as the government continues to navigate the complexities of cryptocurrency regulation.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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