Only 17% of Russians would agree to store more than 0 in CBDC

According to a recent survey conducted by the joint team of Saint Petersburg Exchange and the Russian Trading System (RTS), more than half of Russian citizens are willing to store their money in a central bank digital currency (CBDC). However, when it comes to storing more than 20,000 rubles (roughly $212), only 17% trust the digital ruble. 

The survey involved over 2,000 respondents across the country aged 18–65, and its results were published in the local newspaper Izvestia on Aug. 24. According to the report, 58.3% of responders are theoretically ready to put their money into the CBDC.

But the majority of them (23.8%) would transfer only a sum of 5,000 ($53) to 20,000 rubles ($212) to digital money. 9% of respondents can imagine storing 20,00–50,000 rubles ($212–$529) in the CBDC, 2% — an amount up to 100,000 rubles ($1,058). As to the idea of storing all their money in the central bank digital currency, only 2.4% are willing to do it.

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The most common hindrances cited include insufficient information about the technology (22%) and concerns about cybertheft and system failures (21%).

On Aug. 15, Russia began testing operations with digital rubles. The pilot tests involve the participation of 13 banks and a restricted group of their clients. The initial phase centers on perfecting fundamental operations. This phase prioritizes key processes including the establishment and funding of digital ruble accounts, facilitating individual-to-individual digital ruble transactions, streamlining automated payments, and innovatively employing QR codes for seamless purchase and service transactions

According to the first deputy governor of the Bank of Russia, Olga Skorobogatova, the bank’s strategy involves bringing the digital ruble into widespread use by 2025–2027.

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