It has been reported that the market cap of Bitcoin (BTC) surged to around $780 billion on Monday amid the price rising to $41,391, a 5.7% increase over the last 48 hours. BTC’s market capitalization exceeds the money supply of the Russian ruble, which according to the Central Bank of Russia, was 65.3 trillion rubles as of February 1, around $629 billion, as of February 28.
However, the flippening likely occurred as the Russian ruble is undergoing inflation amid sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The central bank raised its key interest rate from 9.5% to 20% on Monday, and the European Commission has announced plans to remove Russian banks from the SWIFT payments system.
The report said that in contrast, many residents of both Russia and Ukraine seem to have driven trading activity up on exchanges, possibly over concerns about the stability of their countries’ respective fiat currency and using crypto as a means to solicit donations for pro-Ukraine causes.
Likewise, on February 24, the same day Russian forces launched their attack, the Ukraine-based crypto exchange Kuna had around $4.4 million in total trading volume of all tokens over 48 hours.
The most recent flippening came more than one year after the price of BTC surged to a then all-time high of $48,200 after news Tesla had purchased an aggregate of $1.5 billion in the crypto asset.
Thus, Bitcoin’s market cap rose to $871 billion, surpassing that of the Russian ruble, then around $791 billion.