Russia’s Largest Bank Sberbank Buys 5,000 Blockchain ATMs Despite Authorities' Plan to Ban Crypto
Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, is purchasing more contactless ATMs that are powered by blockchain. The banking giant is making such a move despite an upcoming bill that aims to penalize individuals and firms that use and trade cryptocurrencies in financial transactions. Sberbank’s ATMs have nothing to do with cryptocurrencies as they do not act as BTMs (Bitcoin ATMs). The banking institution just intends to cut the need for physical contact associated with the use of bank debit/credit cards amid the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the COVID-19 epidemic, Sberbank has been preferring to cut down the use of plastic cards because of health concerns.