Sberbank seeks central bank approval for blockchain platform: report

Major Russian state-owned bank Sberbank has sought approval from the country's central bank for a blockchain-based financial platform, local Russian news outlet Interfax reported on Thursday. 

According to the report, the bank has submitted an application to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation to register a blockchain platform, with plans to launch in the spring. 

"Technologically, the bank is ready to work with such fiat currency, we have tested it inside and saw that this solution works," said deputy chairman of the Sberbank board, Anatoly Popov, per the report. 

According to Popov, the registration process will take 45 days. Popov also said the bank is still figuring out a so-called Sbercoin token or currency will be taxed.