The Russian Ministry of Finance has drafted a bill to legalize the trading of cryptocurrencies on approved exchanges, according to a report from local media. Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev has indicated that the government is seeking to provide greater oversight. He said:
“This is about the fact that buying and selling [of cryptocurrencies] will be somehow standardized. The general idea is that it will be necessary to buy and sell on official exchanges, as it will be declared, it will be legalized.”
The news may come as a bit of a surprise, particularly given the recent rhetoric from other Russian officials in recent months. However, Moiseev has consistently maintainedthat Bitcoin would be legalized, though with restrictions.