Russian wallet QIWI’s CEO has partnered with IT educator Scream School to open a private ‘Blockchain Academy.’

As local news sources report Thursday, Sergey Solonin will work with Scream on a tailored one-month course for IT professionals, who will pay 50,000 rubles ($840) to attend the Academy.

“As part of the process practical specialists including QIWI staff will impart unique knowledge about principles of Blockchain functionality to students, as well as creation of IT solutions based on it,” QIWI said.

According to, the basic course will also cover cryptocurrency know-how, as well as the Russian and international regulatory climate.

Lectures will be available on Blockchain infrastructure and cybersecurity, a key topic currently in light of the recent cyberattacks affecting Russian companies.

The digital economy in Russia requires an annual input of 120,000 Blockchain specialists, QIWI adds, as the country becomes ever more welcoming of both Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency itself.

The courses will begin in October this year, with Scream School conducting an official presentation a month earlier.

Last week, Russia saw its first officially-sanctioned cryptocurrency launch in the form of cattle-tracking ITcoin in the autonomous republic of Tatarstan.