The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of Russia expects that Blockchain technology and distributed ledger technologies will be legalized and regulatory accepted in 2019.
According to a report by TASS, the Ministry of Communications has issued a draft of the program called "Digital Economy of the Russian Federation", where it stated:
"The adoption of regulations supporting the usage of technologies for decentralized registration of registries and ownership certification ("BlockChain", etc.) in 2019".
The draft of the new program that includes the adoption of Blockchain technology came soon after a meeting between the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, who is also an ex-president of the Russian Federation, and vice premieres, where he officially requested ministries to find opportunities to use the advantages of Blockchain technology in public administration.
"I ask to consider the possibility of using Blockchain technology in the system of public administration and the economy of the Russian Federation".
Moreover, previous Deputy Finance Minister of Russia, Alexey Moiseev, has said that local authorities hope to recognize Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as well in Russia in 2018. He stated that Russian authorities are seeking to accept Bitcoin as a legitimate financial instrument and enforce rules against illegal transfers with cryptocurrencies.