Russian banks increase 2013 gold purchases 8.3% to 181 tonnes
MOSCOW, Dec 31 (PRIME) Ц Russian banks bought 181.4 tonnes, or 5.834 million ounces of gold in 2013, which is 8.3% more than in 2012, a Finance Ministry source told PRIME on Tuesday.
УGold still protects investors from currency risks and is the core of currency reserves of each country given the current economic instability,Ф the source said.
УFor banks, this is good business -- they give credits to mineral developers which repay the banks with the gold they mine. The bulk of gold is later bought by the central bank to replenish its gold and hard currency reserves.Ф
The Russian Gold Union says the countryТs gold mining will increase 4.7% to 205 tonnes in 2013, while the overall production of the yellow metal will increase to 240 tonnes.
RussiaТs monetary gold reserves increased by 56 tonnes to 1,014 tonnes as of December 1.
Sberbank bought 48.5 tonnes of gold, more than any other bank in 2013. VTB bought 38.9 tonnes, Gazprombank 29.1 tonnes, Nomos bank 19.6 tonnes, Lanta bank 8.6 tonnes, Asian-Pacific Bank 6.7 tonnes, Baikalinvestbank 6.5 tonnes, Promsvyazbank 4.8 tonnes, Uralsib 3 tonnes and FIA-Bank 1.9 tonnes.