Source: Steven Lichtenberg / lavkagazeta.com
Yesterday it became known that representatives of the farm cooperative LavkaLavka was called by the Lefortovo inter-district prosecutor's office. The reason for the challenge is the reception by farmers of bitcoins as payment for their products. LavkaLavka started taking crypto currency several weeks ago. After the audit, the prosecutor's office did not reveal any violations, but issued a warning, they write Vedomosti. The creator of the cooperative, Boris Akimov, said that he was told in the prosecutor's office about the prohibition of money surrogates in Russia.
It is clear that farmers can not take bitcoin as an official means of payment. Therefore LavkaLavka uses a different method. The buyer transfers the Crypto currency to the company's electronic purse, and she contributes the same amount (at the rate at the time of payment) to the rubles instead of the buyer in her own cash register, punching checks. The bitcoin rate is checked for blockchain.info. "We pay all taxes from this sale. We do not have violations from the legal point of view, "Akimov said.
In the Procurator, the representatives of the farm cooperative also managed to obtain confirmation of the legality of using the current scheme of payment for their goods by bitcoins. LavkaLavka is one of the few Russian companies that allows its customers to pay for their goods or services with the help of crypto currency. But even those organizations that supposedly accept crypto-mates do not always provide this opportunity. "I tried to pay a few times bitkoinami in the restaurant of Arkady Novikov Valenok, but it did not work: there is no system administrator, then the manager," said Konstantin Vinogradov, senior investment manager of the venture fund Runa Capital.
This is a restaurant Valenok, Who started accepting payments by crypto-monitors in June. "Payment comes in the virtual purse of the restaurant. Accounting has a personal ID and password. Having typed the necessary combination of letters and numbers, she can check the payment, "- said the representatives of the institution.
The first company among catering establishments in Russia, which started taking bitcoins, was Subway in Dolgoprudniy. This institution announced the beginning of reception bitcoins in 2013. But it did not last long – only six months. As for LavkaLavka, the cooperative started taking bitcoins for several reasons. This is attracting customers, PR campaign and expansion of technological opportunities.
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