MOSCOW, January 19. The number of banks connected to the Service for transfer of financial messages (SPFS) – the Russian analogue of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT), increased from January 2015 to January 2016, from 91 to 330 banks. Write about this “Izvestia” with reference to the Bank of Russia. Thus, to SPFS now connected 46% of Russian banks.
Nabiullina: the analogue of SWIFT practically created inside Russia
Further development plans SPFS, the newspaper notes, “integration of service in the BRICS countries, under development ministries”. According to experts, the Russian analogue of SWIFT can also be used to combat terrorism and money laundering: banks are clearly defined-senders and recipients of financial messages on transactions, and their purpose.
Russian analogue of the system of transmission of financial messages in SWIFT format (for domestic operations) started in operation in December 2014, September 2015, the head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina announced to the high degree of system availability. This project was launched in response to in September 2014 the initiative of the European Parliament to disconnect Russian banks from the system of interbank transfers SWIFT, in early 2015, this option was considered and the foreign Ministers of the European States.
Currently, SWIFT continues to work with Russian clients as usual.