MOSCOW, January 16 (Sputnik) — Russia's net capital outflow more than doubled in 2014, year-on-year, reaching $151.5 billion, according to a preliminary report by the Bank of Russia.
The country's financial regulator previously estimated the outflow to total $134 billion last year.
The outflow of almost $20 billion out of $151.5 billion is temporary, as it stands for the liquidity support of the Central Bank to the banks on a repayable basis, the Bank's press service told RIA Novosti.
Another factor conducive to the increase in the net capital outflow is external debt repayment by companies and banks given the worsening conditions for debt refinancing after the Western countries introduced anti-Russia sanctions over Ukraine.
According to the statement of the press service, external debt repayments are expected to decrease in 2015, therefore the net capital outflow will diminish as well.