Aksakov stated that Facebook Libra coin that will launch in 2020 will not be legal in Russia because the cryptocurrency posses a threat to the financial system of the country. Aksakov further added that Russia has no plans to adopt or legal cryptocurrencies at that moment.
Aksakov’s statements are opposite to the statement of Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev, who revealed that Russia will adopt the major cryptocurrency bill “On Digital Financial Assets” within the next two weeks.
According to Aksakov, people are able to buy and sell the Libra coin on foreign financial platforms, while the creation of similar products is prohibited in Russia. He further added:
“In theory, we should talk about the possibility of organizing all kinds of exchanges, trading platforms and sales of such currencies. We, I believe, will limit or prohibit the creation of such sites. Those who want to acquire these tools using foreign legislation can do it at their own risk.”
Regulators of other countries also concerned about the Facebook native cryptocurrency token Libra. Rep. Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the United States House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee ordered that Facebook halt all developments of the Libra coin. Waters said:
“Given the company’s troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a cryptocurrency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action.”