Friday, 17 March 2023

Digital Assets Worth 2 Billion Rubles Issued in Russia in Less Than a Year

by Berkeley Lovelace

Digital Assets Worth 2 Billion Rubles Issued in Russia in Less Than a Year

Digital financial assets (DFAs) for a total exceeding $26 million have been issued in Russia in the past year. This new market has been developing since it was regulated in 2021 and the country’s monetary authority started licensing issuers in the following year.

Volume of Digital Assets Increases in Russia as Investors Seek Alternatives to Traditional Instruments

Less than a year since Central Bank of Russia (CBR)-approved entities began issuing digital financial assets, these have issued DFAs for 2 billion rubles (over $26 million). The data was announced by Ekaterina Frolovicheva, general director of the tokenization service Atomyze.

Speaking at a round table in the ‘Digital Financial Assets – New Tool for Attracting Liquidity’ Public Chamber, Frolovicheva explained that the first DFA issuer was added to Bank of Russia’s register on Feb. 3, 2022, but the issuing of DFAs started several months later.

Quoted by the Tass news agency, she also noted that the unique features of DFAs make them extremely attractive and that demand is on the rise. For example, hybrid digital rights combine the properties of digital financial assets and utilitarian digital rights, simultaneously certifying a monetary claim and а right to demand the transfer of an asset.

Stablecoins, when not intended for settlements, as well as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) can be issued as hybrid digital rights in the Russian Federation. That’s possible under the law “On Digital Financial Assets” which went into force in January 2021. However, the country has yet to regulate operations with decentralized cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

Atomyze is one of the platforms authorized by the CBR to issue DFAs, alongside the fintech company Lighthouse, as well as Sberbank and Alfa-Bank, Russia’s largest state-owned and private bank, respectively. Another entity was recently licensed — Distributed Registry Systems, which operates the ‘Masterchain’ blockchain platform.

Russians will soon be able to invest in DFAs along with other instruments, such as stocks and bonds, while avoiding the risks associated with traditional instruments and bypassing financial market intermediaries, commented Maxim Trofimov, CEO of a company called Digital Assets.

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