Central Bank of Russia Continues its Gold Buying Binge in August

Russia Adds 500,000 Ounces of Gold To Reserves in August.

Since June 2015, the Central Bank of Russia has added about 465 tons of gold to reserves.

August’s 15.55 ton gold addition bring Russia’s Central Bank holdings to 1,745 tons; the sixth most of any nation.

Overall Russian Reserves rose from $418.447 billion in July to $423.978 billion in August.

Gold reserves constitute 17.3% 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 has added 4.2 Million ounces (approximately 131 tonnes) in 2017 through August.

In August 2017, the Central Bank of Russia added 500,000 ounces (15.55 tons) of gold to her reserves, raising her total to 1744.8708 tons or 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 Central Bank Gold Reserves June 2015 -August 2017

The Central bank of Russia has added nearly 465 tons of gold to her reserves from June 2015 – to July 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 – August 2017

Central Bank of Russia Gold Reserves Monthly Additions June 2014 - August 2017

Russia has added 21.4 million ounces (approximately 666 tons) to its reserves from June 2014 through August 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 June 2017 are at the same level as of October 2016. The Central Bank of Russia added 6 million ounces (186.62 tons) of gold from October 2016 to July 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.

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 September 2017

Russia has the sixth largest gold reserves of any nation.

Overall Russian Reserves

The reserves of the Central Bank of Russian have grown over $52.4 billion or about 14.1% since January 2016.

Gold represented about $73.499 billion of Russia’s overall reserves at the end of July 2017, or about 17.3%.

Russian Foreign and Currency Reserves Jan 2015 - August 2017

Overall Russian Central Bank foreign reserves grew approximately 14.1% 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 July 2017, Russia held $103.1 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 US Treasuries July 2015 July 2017

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Further reading on Russia’s gold production:

Russia’s VTB bank to supply 15-20 T of gold to China in next 12 months Russia to increase gold production

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Russian Gold Reserves (monthly archive)

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