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Sberbank and VTB, the 2 greatest banks in Russia, will not be keen to maneuver into the cryptocurrency market within the close to future as their CEOs consider that crypto is both too dangerous or pretend cash.

Sberbank CEO Herman Gref stated that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) are in all probability the riskiest kind of funding alongside the fairness market. In a Thursday interview with native TV channel NTV, Gref claimed {that a} banking deposit is the perfect funding possibility as it’s related to the least quantity of danger regardless of low returns:

“A banking deposit is actually essentially the most dependable funding instrument. 100% reliability however sadly not very excessive profitability.”

Andrey Kostin, the CEO of VTB — Russia’s second-largest financial institution — went even additional, arguing that crypto is “pretend cash.” In a Friday interview with Bloomberg, Kostin said:

“We don’t like Bitcoin. We predict it’s like making pretend cash. Any individual’s sitting someplace mining and mining like within the Center Ages after which utilizing them.”

Kostin expressed confidence that central financial institution digital currencies will displace crypto, stating that personal banks had been initially “a bit involved” about giving all the facility over cash to the Financial institution of Russia.

“The banks had been a bit bit involved that the central financial institution would take their enterprise however I believe we’ve discovered the answer that truly clients will stick with the banks whereas the cryptocurrency will probably be managed and issued by a central financial institution,” he stated.

It’s maybe unsurprising that the aforementioned CEOs are unsupportive of personal digital currencies, because the Russian authorities — itself no main proponent of cryptocurrencies — owns main controlling stakes in each Sberbank and VTB.

Yesterday, Oliver Hughes — the CEO of personal digital financial institution Tinkoff — introduced that the Financial institution of Russia won’t let it launch crypto services regardless of the demand from purchasers.