Sberbank and VTB, the 2 largest banks in Russia, aren’t keen to maneuver into the cryptocurrency market within the close to future as their CEOs imagine that crypto is both too dangerous or pretend cash.

Sberbank CEO Herman Gref mentioned 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 choice as it’s related to the least quantity of threat 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 expect it’s like making pretend cash. Anyone’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 ability over cash to the Financial institution of Russia.

“The banks had been a bit of bit involved that the central financial institution would take their enterprise however I feel we’ve discovered the answer that really prospects will stick with the banks whereas the cryptocurrency will likely be managed and issued by a central financial institution,” he mentioned.

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.