The local Russian media report reveals that the Association of Banks of Russia (ABR) seeks crypto mining to consider as the treasure or findings. As the treasury is taxable in Russia, Bitcoin as well is taxable similar to the treasure.

The proposal to tax crypto as treasure was suggested by the Association of Banks of Russia (ABR) to the Govt – however, the document will be discussed on October 8 as per the association’s website. ABR states that;

“Using legal fiction, it could be argued that the first owner of the crypto assets ‘found them,’ since the receipt from an anonymous system can be conditionally considered a find,” 

According to the Russian legal practices, treasure taxation denotes to something newly generated or developed by an individual. Just like products or fruits which are fresh and newly appeared, Russia is now viewing that the new bitcoins are the result of mining (finding of the treasure) and thus it will be considered as a thing and will be taxed accordingly.

Russia has had a bitter tone towards digital currency but seems like the central bank of the country soften it in the meantime. With the latest Russian document on crypto, the process of generating new bitcoin is deemed as a “completely rational-legal meaning process. As the cryptocurrencies are exchanged or used for barter and transactions, the ADB Vice President Anatoly Kozlachkov says that it can be taxed according to the relevant tax section.

“Operations with virtual currencies should be taxed on profit as exchange transactions in the Tax Code.”, the report reads. 


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