Exclusive: Russian central bank to seek ban on investment in cryptocurrencies – sources
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By Elena Fabrichnaya and Andrey Ostroukh
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian central bank wants to ban investments in cryptocurrencies in Russia, seeing risks to financial stability in the rising number of crypto transactions, two financial market sources close to the bank said.
Leading cryptocurrency bitcoin fell after the report to $48,656 from levels around $49,144 seen shortly before.
Russia has argued for years against cryptocurrencies, saying they could be used in money laundering or to finance terrorism. It eventually gave them legal status in 2020 but banned their use as a means of payment.
The central bank is now in talks with market players and experts about a possible ban. If approved by lawmakers, it could apply to new purchases of crypto assets but not to those bought in the …