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The digital ruble is no different to other CBDCs

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“But the digital ruble is different” Didn’t your mother tell you to stay away from CBDCs?
Some like it traceable.

Is the digital ruble the CBDC you’ve been waiting for your whole life? We hope so because it’s almost here.

If everything goes according to plan, the legal framework for the Bank of Russia’s digital ruble (notice we didn’t type “Russia’s digital ruble”) will be ratified sometime in the next four weeks.

The traceable, programmable, and extremely centralized digital currency will be released into the wild after it completes a pilot program involving thirteen Russian banks.

CBDCs are bad, but the Russian CBDC good—Russian state media has sprung into action. RIA Novosti published an article on March 27 extolling the virtues of this “third form” of “national” currency.

We’ll summarize. The digital ruble:

  • “is not a [decentralized] cryptocurrency.” It is “exclusively” issued and controlled by Russia’s central bank.
  • “is another convenient payment tool.”
  • is very safe and secure! Russia’s central bank “insures your funds, and the regulator will immediately block suspicious transactions.”
  • is very transparent! “The digital wallet takes into account not just the history of operations, but actions with each ruble.”
  • is programmable! “Smart contacts [allow you to] send currency from wallet to wallet under certain conditions.”
  • is so convenient that it doesn’t even need the internet to work.
  • can be used to “pay for all goods and services.”
  • “will simplify mutual trade.”
  • Did we mention it was convenient?

Very compelling. Purely for scientific purposes, let’s examine what people who aren’t paid by the Russian government are saying about this friendly digital token.

Edward Slavsquat
A reader recently alerted me to an intriguing article published by Thomas Röper, the curator of Anti-Spiegel. In it, Röper argues that Ernst Wolff—an authoritative voice on Great Reset shenanigans—is wrong to list Russia as an active participant in the COVID-triggered New Normal…
7 months ago · 84 likes · 108 comments · Edward Slavsquat (pro-Putin, pro-SMO, patriotic/conservative alt media) wrote on March 22:

Edward Slavsquat
If you live in a country with a central bank (you do), there is a decent chance that soon you will be coerced into using a programmable digital token pegged to a basket of commodities, including—but certainly not limited to—Panopticon total surveillance, soul-crushing wage slavery, and the tingly …
2 months ago · 86 likes · 82 comments · Edward Slavsquat

Local media ( wrote on March 23:

A different local media outlet reported on March 24:


A family values watchdog (created by a Russian Presidential decree) has this to say about the digital ruble:

  • “Central bank digital currencies are a globalist project of the IMF and the G7.”
  • “Hopes to circumvent sanctions with the digital ruble are illusory.”
  • “A foreign element base makes the entire infrastructure of the digital ruble vulnerable to espionage and hacker attacks from outside.”
  • “With the help of the digital ruble, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation will be able to accumulate confidential data on payments and users on an unprecedented scale. This data can be used to spy on citizens’ private transactions, obtain sensitive information about individuals and organizations, and control them. The risk of leaking this data. The ability to block digital money from people they don’t like at the touch of a button.”
  • “Over time, the digital ruble can completely displace cash in circulation, and as a result, it will displace the rights and freedoms of citizens!”
  • “An electronic-digital concentration camp requires electronic money, the movement of which is easy to track and which can be blocked by any person at any time. For more complete control, the digital ruble can be tied to human biometrics.”

Some of the liveliest intellects of our time—such as the formidable Russia expert Thomas Röper—insist that unlike other CBDCs, the digital ruble will never replace cash.

The digital ruble is different, you see. It is a very friendly and benign form of voluntary currency that will bypass sanctions and secure Russia’s “economic sovereignty.”

Yes, of course.


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