Gereja Ortodoks Rusia tidak akan menerima Bitcoin dalam menawarkan pinggan

Dengan kira-kira 100 juta anggota, gereja yang mewakili agama dominan di Rusia tidak mempunyai rancangan untuk menerima sumbangan atau persembahan cryptocurrency.

According to a Q&A streamed on YouTube by Jesus Portal, the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Hilarion Alfeyev, said the Russian Orthodox Church, or ROC, is not planning to create its own digital currency, nor accept cryptocurrency including Bitcoin (BTC) for donations. However, Alfeyev added it was possible to use other forms of technology to send money to the church: phone calls.

"Kami tidak mungkin menerima sumbangan pelbagai cryptocurrency dan Bitcoin, dan kami juga tidak akan melepaskan mata wang kami sendiri," katanya. "Saya berpendapat bahawa adalah mungkin untuk membuat sumbangan kepada gereja melalui telefon."

The statement is somewhat of a softened stance for Alfeyev, who three years ago compared cryptocurrency to a Ponzi scheme “behind which there is nothing.” At the time he did not seemingly distinguish between crypto and traditional banks, saying the currency “[paved] the way for usury, which the church has always spoken out against.”

The ROC was reportedly in an “extremely difficult” financial situation last year as the pandemic shut down its churches in Russia for two months. Though it is difficult to determine exactly what the church is worth given the secrecy surrounding its spending, some reports from 2014 suggest the ROC brought in $150 million in profits — monetary, not spiritual — annually.

Lawmakers in Russia started the year by passing a bill that gives crypto legal status in the country, but does not allow it to be used as a payment method. President Vladimir Putin later signed a decree forcing certain public officials to disclose their crypto holdings by the end of June. However, a letter from the Russian Ministry of Labour and Social Protection published in December indicates officials should liquidate their digital assets by April.