Russia bought 28 tonnes of gold in April, according to the latest data released by the Bank of Russia. With the purchase, valued at a market price of $1,17 billion, Russia expands it’s gold holdings to a total of 1.070 tonnes. This purchase was the largest since may 2010, when the Bank of Russia added 34,22 tonnes to their gold holdings. The country has been buying substantially since 2006, when it had only about 250 tonnes in their vaults. With the present gold hoard at 1.070 tonnes, Russia ranks sixth among the largest gold holdings in the world.
Since 2006, Russia values it’s gold reserves at the current market price, instead of a fixed historical price. This valuation method is derived from the Eurosystem, which values the European gold reserves at market prices each quarter since the inception of the euro currency. The central bank of Russia valued their gold at $44,3 billion on the 1st of May, which is about 9,4% of their total reserves of $471,1 billion. One year ago, Russia held a larger percentage of their reserves in precious metals, but because of the falling gold price, the percentage dropped as well. By adding yellow metal to the reserves, Russia is approaching the 10% target once again.
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