While the Central Bank of Russia continues to advance the development of its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), a survey shows that few Russians are willing to accept wage payments in digital rubles.
In a new survey conducted by the local recruitment website HeadHunter, almost half of Russian respondents strongly opposed charging wages in digital rubles.Only 11% of the respondents said they were ready to accept wages in digital rubles, while 41% said they “resolutely opposed” getting paid in CBDC, local news agency Izvestia Report on Wednesday.
As Russia is Ready to launch the digital ruble test In January of next year, as many as 48% of respondents said they are not sure whether they want to get wages in state-controlled digital currencies.
Among the few survey participants preparing to be paid in digital rubles, half of the respondents said they agreed to receive 100% of their salary in the upcoming digital currency. The other half of the interviewees said that they would rather get no more than 50% of their salary in the CBDC.
Soon after the news came out, the Central Bank of Russia Set up the first pilot group To test the digital ruble, 12 major Russian banks were brought together, including state-backed Sberbank and VTB, as well as major private banks such as Tinkoff Bank. According to Izvestia, these banking institutions currently handle salary payments for 87% of Russians.
Previously reported that the Central Bank of Russia Officially disclose its plan The CBDC will be issued at the end of 2020. Once the digital currency is publicly adopted, the central bank is considering the use of digital rubles to distribute wages. The bank said that users will be able to store and trade upcoming digital currencies in a similar way to bank cards.Earlier this year, Russian government officials Anatoly Aksakov argues The digital ruble is the “highest form of currency”.