The council for the blockchain technology development was formed by a group of entrepreneurs in 2013. Since then the council is bringing the community members together and advocates on their behalf.
Community members are companies active in the blockchain market. Among others: Future fintech, Ethereum Foundation, Bw.com, 51asic, Bits.media, Tolkachev & Partners, Waves, Emerlabs, Bitbank.com, Cyber.fund, Satoshi.fund, Web-payment, Bitcoininfo, Cointelegraph, Newsbtc, Coinfox, Forklog, Bitnovosti, Bitcoin&Blockchain Community Belarus, Kuna, BlockchainSolutions, Blockchain conferences. In accordance with the wishes of the growing community, the board met on June, 6 to renew its lineup and hold the chairman election.
Ivan Tikhonov (founder of the largest russian-speaking blockchain forum Bits.media), Alexei Bragin (a prominent russian MP candidate and a pioneering founder of the cryptocurrency futures exchange in London, UK) and Alex Fork (founder of the Future.fintech fintech cluster, author of “Bitcoin. More than Money.”) are the new board members. The vote on the board is decided by simple majority and does not have binding power.
n his farewell speech, Alex Fork thanked the community for the trust: «The management board includes the best experts and renowned representatives of the industry. We’ve done a great job this year: meetups, meetings with the working groups at the Bank of Russia, Belarus’s and Moldova’s National Banks, Sberbank, and other organizations. Additionally, we’ve held multiple conferences and created cluster futurefintech.org to help new projects. I’m confident that the community will be able to solve even more problems using its participation and professional expertise. At this tense moment, it’s especially important that we have a solid legal position as to the technology. For that reason, I strongly support Artem Tolkachev as the board’s chairman. Artem, in my opinion, is the greatest legal expert for the industry in the entire Russian Federation.
Tolkachev also thanked the community for their trust and expressed his hope that the community will become actively engaged in development of regulation and implementation of the technology throughout different sectors of economy: «In my view, currently, the main task of the community is to consolidate opinions as to regulation of the technology and to expand its applicability both in Russia and beyond. At my side, I’m open to discussion, and willing to assist».