The Central Bank of the Russian Federation will conduct testing of the digital ruble in 11 cities. During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in 2023, Olga Skorobogatova, the First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia, announced plans to involve trade and service enterprises from these cities in this experiment.
According to Skorobogatova, banks, citizens, and entrepreneurs will be able to open corresponding wallets to participate in the testing. The experiment will also assess the possibility of transfers between individuals.
The list of cities where the testing of the digital ruble will take place has not been disclosed yet. In May, the platform for the digital ruble was fully prepared for industrial implementation and is ready to perform transactions. However, the start of testing is expected after the adoption of the necessary legislative acts.