Russian banks imported $17.7 billion in December

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Russian banks imported $17.7 billion (10.15 billion in dollars and $7.4 billion in European currency).

December became the most fruitful month for currency import, leaving behind March when banks imported $15 billion.

The currency import in December and March was accompanied by the ruble falling. That way banks tried to stock up with the foreign currency to supply the citizens’ demand for cash currency.

Russians bought $7.4 billion and sold $3.6 billion. $6.5 billion were engaged in interbank transactions, $5.4 billion – in stock futures contracts.

At the same time in December banks exported $987 million, $495.9 million of which in European currency.

Text and pictures by TASS