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Central Bank Defends Ruble

Published: May 7, 2014 (Issue # 1809)



  • Despite the billions of dollars spent by the Central Bank defending the ruble, its value reached historic lows in March.
    Photo: Yevgeny Stetsko / Fotoimedia

TheCentral Bank threw $2.4 billion intoshoring up theruble inApril, nine times less than the$22.3 billion it spent tosupport theRussian currency inMarch.

Thebank also spent 248 million euros defending thecurrency, down fromnearly 2.3 billion euros inthe previous month, according todata published onthe banks website.

Since thebeginning ofthe year, theruble has plummeted 9 percent against thedollar, despite anongoing rearguard action bythe Central Bank, which has funneled nearly $40 billion intodefending theruble.

OnMonday, theCentral Banks exchange rate was 35.7 rubles against thedollar.

Atthe root ofthe rubles decline are asharp economic slowdown inRussia anda huge increase incapital outflow, but thecrisis inUkraine has piled extra pressure onto thecurrency.

Theruble reached historical lows onMarch 18, two days after areferendum inCrimea yielded alandslide result infavor ofuniting theterritory with Russia inthe teeth ofresistance fromWestern nations.

Aprils currency interventions bythe Central Bank are thesmallest since October last year, when thebank sold $1.65 billion and133 million euros.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Dec. 29


Learn how the Swedes observe Christmas, or Jul, in their land of ice and snow, during a Swedish Christmas celebration at the Lermontov Childrens Library this afternoon at 4 p.m. Activities explaining and demonstrating Swedens cultural traditions will be accompanied by traditional dishes and sweets.



Tuesday, Dec. 30


Today is the final day of the Christmas Market at the Europolis shopping center on Polyustrovsky prospekt. Indulge your holiday sweet tooth by tucking into some gingerbread men, or attend one of the master classes that will teach you about how to make beautiful, festive decorations for your tree using only your hands.



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