Russia’s Central Bank Mulls Ethereum System for Pan-Eurasian Payments

The Central Bank of Russia is considering using its Masterchain blockchain software to transmit SWIFT financial messaging across the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), an official said on Tuesday.

Russia’s FinTech Association, formed under the oversight of the central bank, successfully carried out a trial of the ethereum-based software in 2016 and completed a working version of it in 2017.

“An active discussion is underway, and we are looking into several quality technologies, including Masterchain,” said Olga Skorobogatova, the Central Bank of Russia’s first deputy chairman, according to Russian news agency Tass.

Skorobogatova explained that Masterchain is under consideration within the context of a broader examination of how the blockchain could create a “supranational infrastructure” for payments within the EAEU, allowing member states to “sidestep” existing payment systems…

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