«The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) added 300,000 ounces (9.3 tons) of gold to its reserves in December, bringing the total yearly holdings to a record 1,838.211 tons, worth over $76 billion in monetary terms.
According to new statistics, Russia is currently the sixth-largest gold owner after the United States, Germany, Italy, France, and China. Analysts say if the current pace of gold purchases continues, Russia may dethrone China as the fifth-largest bullion holder as early as the first quarter of 2018. Chinese gold reserves currently stand at 1,842 tons.
Acquisitions of the precious metal by Russia reached a record 223 tons last year, accounting for 17.7 percent of overall Russian reserves. Since June 2015, the country has added over 558 tons of gold.
The CBR has more than doubled the pace of its gold purchases, according to Gold.org data. It has been increasing the country’s gold reserves to meet a goal set by President Vladimir Putin to make Russia less vulnerable to geopolitical risks. The Russian gold hoard has increased by more than 500 percent since 2000.
According to the World Gold Council, Russia is not only the largest official buyer of gold but also the world’s third-biggest producer, with the central bank purchasing from domestic miners through commercial banks.
In the past 10 years alone, the country has mined more than 2,000 tons of gold, with annual production expected to rise to 400 tons by 2030.»
Le riserve valutarie ammontano a 432.6 miliardi Usd: nel 2017 erano 408.8 al 29 giugno, e 377.7 mld il 12 gennaio.
«Gold Reserves in Russia increased to 1828.56 Tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2017 from 1778.86 Tonnes in the third quarter of 2017. Gold Reserves in Russia averaged 747.64 Tonnes from 2000 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 1828.56 Tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2017 and a record low of 343.41 Tonnes in the second quarter of 2000.»
Ai primi di questo anno le riserve valutarie ammontavano a 377.7 miliardi Usd, con un incremento quindi di +52.5 miliardi Usd.
Nel tabulato si noti come nel corso degli ultimi due mesi le riserve siano rimaste virtualmente invariate. La Banca Centrale non ha fornito spiegazioni se ciò fosse dovuto a diminuzione delle entrate ovvero a spese non riportate.