At the initial stage, digital rubles can be used to purchase Troika travel tickets and souvenir cards. According to the Moscow Metro, since the start of testing, this opportunity has been used 13 times: once they purchased a Troika with a replenished balance and 12 times they purchased souvenir cards.
“Together with the Bank of Russia and VTB, we began testing the digital ruble in the metro. This is the first project in the field of financial technologies, implemented in Russian urban transport together with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. After the mass introduction of a digital national currency, metro passengers will be able to pay for travel in digital rubles, along with cash and non-cash money,” said an official representative of the transport company.
The Moscow Metro administration clarifies that over time the list of goods and services available for payment in the third form of Russian currency will be expanded.
A pilot project for the digital ruble was launched in Russia on August 15. The first group of testing the new form of the ruble included 13 financial institutions, including: VTB, Gazprombank, Qiwi Bank, MTS Bank, Sovcombank, Rosbank and other financial organizations.
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