Demand for Mining {Hardware} Spikes in Russia, Costs Rise – Mining Bitcoin Information


The Russian crypto mining equipment market has seen strong interest from buyers of both new and used equipment, retail data shows. This year, the demand for application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) has grown exponentially while video cards have been in short supply, leading to soaring prices.

Crypto miners in Russia looking to increase computing power

Online retailers are seeing increasing demand for mining equipment, brand new and used, reported the Russian business newspaper Kommersant. The search for devices for mining Bitcoin (BTC) or ASICs on the Russian classifieds site increased 14-fold year-on-year when the supply increased 13-fold.

The price of one mining unit averaged 117,900 rubles (almost $ 1,600). The most popular products were Whatsminer Ming rigs from the Chinese manufacturer Microbt, the demand for which increased 23 times. At the same time, searches for Antminers from Beijing-based Bitmain were eleven times higher than last year.

Results from the first three quarters of the current year show that sales of crypto mining products on the e-commerce platform have also increased by 13 times the number and 14 times the annual value.

The newspaper notes that after the capital Moscow and Russia’s second largest city, Saint Petersburg, the main destinations for most orders were the Krasnodar Territory, the Republic of Tatarstan and the Sverdlovsk Oblast. Even though these regions don’t even offer the lowest electricity tariffs in the country.

Graphics processors (GPUs) used to mint Ethereum (ETH) and other altcoins have been in short supply due to the global shortage of microchips, which also drove prices up. In the first 10 months of 2021, GPU sales were down 15.8% year over year, although the market grew 129.6%, according to Anton Fomin, a business analyst at Marvel Distribution. The report states:

Suppliers and retailers have been forced to raise the prices of equipment, but people are willing to buy at almost any price.

Fomin believes the difficult situation in the video card market will continue as long as crypto farms generate good income. The deficit is not expected to go away by the end of 2023, but the delay in delivery will definitely be reduced from 48-50 weeks to 10-14 weeks, Kommersant quoted the expert as saying.

With the government cracking down on cryptocurrency mining in China since spring, energy-rich Russia has become one of several major destinations for Bitcoin miners seeking friendlier jurisdiction. Data released by the Financial Times in November showed that the Russian Federation received the bulk of the mining equipment evicted amid the exodus of miners from the People’s Republic.

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Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a tech-savvy journalist from Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’ quote: “Being a writer is what I am and not what I do.” In addition to crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two more Sources of inspiration.

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