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What happened? Andrey Lugovoy, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Security Committee of the Russian Federation, said that Russian law enforcement officers are actively interacting with foreign crypto exchanges. The purpose of cooperation is to detect the illegal use of digital currencies. According to Lugovoi, the criminalized share in the total turnover of cryptocurrencies, according to expert estimates, ranges from 3% to 5%. The deputy spoke about this at the RBC-Crypto forum called Cryptocurrencies, Mining and Digital Assets, writes Interfax.
What else did Lugovoi say? The deputy admitted that he communicates with a number of crypto-exchanges, although they are not within the Russian legal framework. Lugovoy said that he asked the trading platforms to prepare statistics on interaction with law enforcement agencies. In response, he was invited to personally familiarize himself with the available documents. “I arrived – there are cabinets right there, cabinets crammed with interaction documents, requests from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the FSB and the answers they send,” Lugovoy said.
Despite the lack of regulation, interaction exists, the deputy stressed. He noted that, although the word “bitcoin” is not in the terminology, the possibility of seizing BTC is actively used in court decisions.
Lugovoi believes that control over digital assets should be exercised by the tax authorities. In his opinion, cryptocurrencies are property, and the Central Bank should not be involved in their regulation. “The main thing is that the money that is used in this [продаже криптовалют]were legal,” Lugovoy said.
Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on the Financial Market, also spoke about the regulation of digital assets. He believes that the Central Bank should regulate the circulation of cryptocurrencies, like money. As for the activities of miners, they should be under the control of the Federal Tax Service from the point of view of taxation, Aksakov said.
Earlier, Aksakov also said that the bill on the digital ruble would be submitted to the State Duma this week. He clarified that the asset will be launched after testing, which is carried out by a group of banks under the leadership of the Central Bank. It is assumed that the digital ruble will be put into circulation in the first quarter of 2023.
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