In February, the Central Bank bought 0.3 million Troy ounces of gold, equivalent to nine tons of the precious metal. This is evidenced by data posted on the regulator's website on Monday, March 20.
According to the information on 1 March, the Central Bank owns 53,2 million Troy ounces of gold (1,654 tonnes). A month earlier, the indicator was equal to 52.9 million ounces (1645 tons). Gold included in international reserves of Russia.
Thus, the Bank of Russia for the month increased its gold reserves by 0.6 percent. The cost is estimated at 66.9 billion dollars (about 17 percent of the total amount of state reserves, which is 397,3 billion dollars).
20 Mar at 17:00 GMT, Troy ounce of gold was worth 1231,6 dollar. In the beginning of the month the price of gold fell below the cost of bitcoins, which was then traded around the level of $ 1,238.
Russia intends to take any further action to recover the amount of money which Ukraine owes for undertaken obligations. This statement was made by Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, commenting on the decision of the High court of London in the case of Ukraine's debt to Russia on Eurobonds for $ 3 billion.
Kiev respects the decision of the High court of London, a debt dispute with Moscow, reported the Ministry of Finance. "The English court did not support the position of Ukraine concerning the so-called Russian debt, but allowed the appeal", — is told in the statement of the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance.
The decision of the High court of London shall be final and binding Ukraine to pay Russia the debt on Eurobonds for three billion dollars, according to the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation. "Any additional hearings on this matter in the High Court of London not expected", — noted in the Ministry.
Russians Vladimir Morozov and Evgenia Tarasova and take third place in the short program at the world figure skating Championships in Helsinki. The pair scored 79,37 points. The first place belongs to the representatives of China sui Wenjing and Han Cong, the assets of which 81.23 points.
"Barcelona" will offer Argentine striker Lionel Messi a contract under which he will receive 35 million euros per season. According to Spanish publication Marca, both parties are interested in the extension of the agreement, the validity of which ends in the summer of 2018.
President Vladimir Putin instructed the defense Ministry and the FSB to protect Russia's national interests in the Arctic, also to ensure the normal functioning of the Northern sea route. He declared it during meeting concerning development of the Arctic island of Alexandra Land archipelago Franz-Joseph.