The Central Bank of Russia Added a Record 224 Tons of Gold in 2017

Russian Central Bank Adds a record 223 tons of gold to reserves in 2017.

Russian Central Bank Adds 300,000 ounces (9.331 tons) of gold to reserves in December.

Since June 2015, the Central Bank of Russia has added over 558 tons of gold to reserves.

December’s 9.331 ton gold addition brings Russia’s Central Bank holdings to 1838.211 tons; the sixth most of any nation, close behind the People’s Bank of China.

Overall Russian reserves rose from $431.636 in November to $432.742 in December.

Russian holdings of U.S. Treasuries top $100 billion for eighth month in a row.

Gold reserves worth $76.647 billion constitute 17.7% of overall Russian reserves.

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Russian Gold Reserves

After adding 6,700,000 ounces (208 tonnes) of gold to her reserves in 2015, the Russian Central Bank added another 6,400,000 ounces (199 tonnes) in 2016.

The Central Bank of Russia ended 2016 with 1614.267 tonnes of gold on their balance sheet.

Central Bank of Russia added 7.2 Million ounces (approximately 223.945 tonnes) in 2017.

In December 2017, the Central Bank of Russia added 300,000 ounces (9.331 tons) of gold to her reserves, raising her total to 1838.215 tons or 59.1 million ounces. In November, the Central Bank of Russia added 900,000 ounces (27.99 tons) of gold to her reserves. In October 2017, the Central Bank of Russia added 700,000 ounces (21.77243 tons) of gold to her reserves. In September 2017, the Central Bank of Russia added 1.1 million ounces (34.2138 tons). In August 2017, the Central Bank of Russia added 500,000 ounces (15.55 tons) of gold to her reserves (56.1 million ounces). In July, the Central Bank of Russia added 400,000 ounces (12.44139 tonnes) of gold to reserves after adding 300,000 ounces (9.33104 tonnes) of gold in June and 700,000 (21.77 tonnes) of gold in May. In April, the Central Bank of Russia added 200,000 ounces (6.22 tonnes) after adding 800,000 ounces (24.882 tonnes)in March, 300,000 ounces (9.331043 tonnes) in February and 1,000,000 ounces (31.104 tonnes) in January.

The chart below shows the Central Bank of Russia’s Gold Reserves by month with tonnage rounded to the nearest metric ton.

Russian Gold Reserves June 2015 -December 2017

The Central bank of Russia has added about 558 tons of gold to her reserves from June 2015 – to December 2017.

Russian Additions-Subtractions to Gold Reserves 1997 - 2017

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Since 2009, Russia has added over 1,100 tons of gold to its reserves more than China who added about 775 tons during the same time period.

Russian Monthly Gold Purchases June 2014 – November 2017

Central Bank of Russia Monthly Gold Purchases June 2014 - December 2017

Russia has added 24.4 million ounces (approximately 750 tons) to its reserves from June 2014 through December 2017.

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Russia Adding Gold To Reserves At A Faster Pace Than China

From March 2016 to May 2017 China added 45 tonnes of gold to its reserves, while Russia added 246 tonnes, or 447% more.

The People’s Bank of China’s gold reserves as of September 2017 are at the same level as of October 2016. The Central Bank of Russia added 7.6 million ounces (236.39 tons) of gold from October 2016 to September 2017.

Russian and Chinese central bank monthly gold additions November 2015 - November 2016

Russia has added about 122 more tonnes of gold to its reserves than China from November 2015 – November 2016.

Roubles For Gold

Increasingly, Russia has been buying up more of their gold mining production, in effect converting roubles into gold.

The Russian Central Bank announced earlier this month that it would begin buying gold on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

Russian Gold mining production vs gold added to reserves 2006 - 2016

Russia is retaining an increasing percentage of its gold mining output.

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Gold Reserves by Country - Top Ten

Russia has the sixth largest gold reserves of any nation.

Overall Russian Reserves

The reserves of the Central Bank of Russian have grown over $61.1 billion or about 16.5% since January 2016.

Gold represented about $76.6 billion of Russia’s overall reserves at the end of December 2017, or about 17.7%.

Russian Foreign and Currency reserves January 2016 - December 2017

Overall Russian Central Bank foreign reserves grew approximately 16.5% since January 2016.

Russian U.S. Treasury Holdings

Russia’s U.S. Treasury Bond Holdings 2014 – 2017

The Russian Central Bank has increased its US Treasury reserve holdings selling off a good portion of them in the summer of 2015.

As of November 2017, Russia held $105.7 billion in U.S. Treasury Bonds down from $131.8 billion in January 2014 but up from $66.5 billion in April 2015.

Russian Holdings of U.S. Treasuries November 2016 - November 2017

Russian holdings of U.S. Treasuries increased 42% from October 2015 to November 2017.

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Further reading on Russia’s gold production:

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