Russia Launches Digital Ruble Pilot: 13 Banks, 30 Businesses Involved

• Russian central bank announced on Aug. 9 that it will initiate testing its digital ruble with banks, consumers, and businesses in mid-August.
• 13 selected banks and 30 companies will commence spending and using the digital ruble at 30 designated locations across 11 cities from Aug. 15.
• During the pilot, users will be able to create accounts or wallets, make payments, receive payments, pay for products/services, exchange digital rubles into fiat currency and vice versa.

Russian Central Bank to Launch Digital Ruble Pilot

The Bank of Russia recently announced that they will be launching a pilot project of their Digital Ruble on August 15th. This project seeks to test the functionality of the platform before full adoption by allowing 13 selected banks and 30 companies to use it at 30 designated locations across 11 cities.

Participants‘ Actions with Digital Rubles

During this pilot period, participants can create accounts or wallets in order to make payments or receive them as well as pay for products/services in digital rubles or exchange them into fiat currency and vice versa.

Benefits of Digital Rubles

The goal behind creating a digital version of the national currency is to provide an efficient payment system that is cost-effective while also protecting user privacy by offering secure transactions without revealing personal data between parties involved in a transaction.

Potential Drawbacks

Although the potential benefits are numerous, there are also some drawbacks associated with adopting a central bank digital currency (CBDC). These include risks related to money laundering and terrorist financing as well as challenges regarding international transfers due to different countries having different rules regarding CBDCs. Additionally, regulatory issues may arise if any country does not recognize another’s CBDCs due to lack of legal recognition across borders.


As Russia moves forward with its plans for a digital ruble pilot program starting August 15th, it remains uncertain how successful it is going to be due to potential regulatory hurdles that could arise from operating within an international context among other concerns mentioned above. The success of this program could pave the way for many more countries looking into creating their own CBDCs in order to improve efficiency within their respective financial systems