Developers are working on a “cryptoruble” that, as they say, can improve Russians’ access to global exchanges and be used for cross-border payments. The project is being developed by Defi platform Indefibank. It will have a token that can be tied to the nation’s fiat, but it won’t depend on a digital ruble issued by the state.
Russian Businesses Have Another Choice for International Settlements With Cryptoruble
Work is underway in Russia to launch a “tokenized cryptoruble” on the Ethereum blockchain, the CEO of decentralized finance (defi) banking platform Indefibank, Sergey Mendeleev, announced during the Blockchain Life 2022 conference.
According to the executive, it is planned that the token will be issued through a smart contract decentralized with excess collateral or on the basis of the DAI stablecoin model. The exchange rate will be 1:1. Mendeleev provided the following details to Forklog (crypto news outlet):
An authorized exchanger can allow users to purchase fiat currency or issue their own cryptorubles.
The amount of collateral will determine the total supply. Indefibank estimates the size of the potential market among private individuals at between 5 and 10 billion rubles (approximately $82 – $160 million).
Cryptoruble developers hope that other cryptocommunities will join them in their initiative. They envision the project evolving into an autonomous, decentralized autonomous organisation (DAO), over time. The Cryptoruble will function as a payment instrument that is not related to the Bank of Russia’s digital currency CBDC.
Russia’s central bank, which recently agreed that the country would need cryptocurrencies to circumvent sanctions, vowed to promote its digital ruble in foreign trade. Also, the regulator made clear that discussions were not focused on allowing crypto payments in Russia and expressed concern about legalizing private digital currencies.
Indefibank’s CEO noted that Russian law does not require the establishment of a DAO and the issuance of ERC20 tokens to be coordinated with the central bank. However, if the monetary authority objects to the use of the word “ruble,” the company is ready to change the name of the crypto.
Mendeleev stated that the cryptoruble would make it simpler for Russians access to global exchanges and to settle with foreign partners. The token’s developers have already prepared an MVP, the report reveals, with the presentation of the final product expected in October.
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