Russia Halts Gold Purchases For Second Month in A Row

Russian Gold Reserves.

Russian Gold Purchases in February 2015.

Russia Reduces its U.S. Treasury Holdings to $82.2 billion in January 2015 from $86.0 billion in December 2014 and $131.8 billion in January 2014.

Russian gold reserves remain constant as it adds no further ounces of gold to its reserves in February 2015.

Russia ends February 2015 with 38.8 million ounces (1,207 tons) of gold in reserves – unchanged since year end 2014.

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Today the Central Bank of the Russian Federation published its official February 2015 reserve assets and other foreign currency assets report indicating that its gold reserves remained constant at 38.8 million ounces or 1,207 tons, the same level since December 2014.

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Here is a month by month chart showing Russia’s decreased U.S. Treasury Holdings:

Over the past year Russia has been increasing its gold reserves and selling its U.S. Treasury holdings.

Russian U.S. Treasury Holdings chart

Russian U.S. Treasury Holdings have declined steadily over the past twelve months.

Here is a chart showing Russia’s gold and U.S. Treasury holdings at the end of 2013:

chart showing russian gold and treasury reserves at end of 2013

At the end of 2013 Russia held $139.8 billion in U.S. Treasuries and $43 billion worth of gold in reserves.

Here is a chart showing Russia’s gold reserves and U.S Treasury holdings in early 2015.

russian gold reserves and treasury holdings chart

Russia has substantially reduced its U.S. Treasury Holdings while adding gold to its reserves.

Russian gold reserves were unchanged in January and February of this year dispelling unfounded market speculation that Russia would sell some of its gold in light of the collapse of the rouble in recent months.

It seems that Russia is selling its U.S. Treasury holdings instead of any gold reserves.

The value of Russia’s gold reserves have decreased with the price of gold the past two months.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had noted that the Russian Central Bank should NOT sell reserves to protect the rouble. It appears he has been true to his word and December’s purchase shows that Russia is serious about continuing to build its gold reserves.

Russian Gold Reserves Remain Unchanged

chart showing russian gold reserves at end of December 2014

Russian gold reserves remained constant in January and February 2015.

Russian Gold Reserves In Tons (annual purchases)

chart showing russian gold reserves as of end of 2014

Russia has 1,207 tons of gold as of the end of February 2015.

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