February 9, 2023

Cryptocurrency owners want to rob anonymity

The procedure for their search - the so-called "nomination" - was proposed by the Association of Banks of Russia. They reported that modern software allowsdetermine the owner of the crypto wallet and the volume of its assets. It remains only to legalize this procedure. Then it will be possible, for example, to tax transactions or use such assets to pay off debts.

It is technically impossible to completely solve the problem of anonymity, Vladimir Smerkis, co-founder of the Tokenbox crypto fund platform, told Kommersant FM.

Vladimir Smerkis, co-founder of the Tokenbox crypto fund platform:

“The very essence of cryptocurrencies certainly impliesthe possibility of anonymity and decentralization. Today there are a large number of tools that allow you to track transactions, from which wallet to which assets came, where they were distributed. For example, in the case of some kind of shadow turnover of cryptocurrencies, some exchanges will refuse to accept this bitcoin. But those people who want to act in privacy mode will be able to stay in the background.

Attaching and making non-anonymous 100% of people will be simply impossible, Bitcoin is not an organization, but a cryptocurrency that belongs to everyone.

There is no single decision-making body thatwill say: we won’t open such wallets. Therefore, it is technically impossible to separate the official and black markets. The software that exists today allows you to track the origin of transactions of “dirty” and “clean” bitcoins only partially. If in Russia there was only one or two cryptocurrency exchanges that would require passport data in order to identify a person, and you could trade only with it, then, of course, the wallet would be tied to the person’s personality. However, this will not solve the whole problem of anonymity or preservation of illegal means. ”

Many cryptocurrency users will only be happy with the “whitening” of the market, but you need to start not with the fight against anonymity, said Alexander Butmanov, chairman of the expert council on blockchain technologies.

Alexander Butmanov, chairman of the expert council on blockchain technology of the fintech company DTI Algorithmic:

“First you need to solve the tax problem andthe problem of the origin of cryptocurrency. For example, to declare a certain type of amnesty, which will allow, having paid a tax, to legalize this terra incognita. There should be tax control and a system of legal “whitewashing”, and it will be, it doesn’t scare anyone. If it is possible to claim that one or another unit of the system passes through your hands, and in theory you receive judicial protection in the case when you need to transfer it, give it away, inherit it, give it, it’s rather a plus. The question is, as always, in implementation. Look how many brilliant initiatives with free economic zones, tax amnesties we have taken, but all this did not have an effect ”

Earlier on tightening control over cryptocurrencythe services were announced by the international anti-laundering group FATF. She recommended that regulators introduce compulsory licensing of digital exchanges and people who trade bitcoins.

Original - Kommersant.

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