– De-Dollarization Du Jour: Russia Backs BRICS Alternative To SWIFT (ZeroHedge, May 29, 2015):
Back in February, Russia detailed a SWIFT alternative that would link 91 domestic banks to the Central Bank of Russia.
On the one hand, the plan represented yet another move towards global de-dollarization but on the other, was borne out of necessity when Russia began to believe it may be expelled from SWIFT as punishment for its support of rebels in Ukraine. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned of “unlimited consequences” if the West decided on a punitive SWIFT freeze.
Two months later, Moscow would receive a seat on the SWIFT board.