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Putin Talks Blockchain; Supports Tech, Wants To Avoid Dependence

Today, in a meeting with Herman Gref, president of the biggest Russian bank Sberbank, Putin pondered the importance of the blockchain technology and discussed some blockchain related issues.
Herman Gref exposed some points of discussion to the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. He first remarked the importance of adding a new discipline of study to train new professionals in this field. He mentioned the rise of the cryptocurrencies and their actual importance in the world, and also called for “very careful” regulations and no prohibitions.
Putin stated that Russia has some fine resources in his country, and a good intellectual base, but that they needed to advance further. “Now new technologies appear in the world. They who arrive late to the race will be under full dependence from the leaders of these processes. Russia cannot allow this.”
Putin had called previously to study the possible creation of a national cryptocurrency dubbed the cryptoruble, and now acknowledges the importance of blockchain technology for the ages to come.
The original video can be viewed here

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