Last year, the Bank of Russia increased reserves of monetary gold by 14.9 percent, or almost 275 tonnes, to 2,112 tonnes (67.9 million ounces), buying the precious metal on a regular basis throughout the year, the data showed. In December, it purchased 9.3 tonnes of gold.
The United States has 8,130 tonnes, Germany has 3,370 tonnes. Italy is ranked third with gold reserves of 2,450 tonnes and France is fourth with 2,440 tonnes.
The Bank of Russia Governor Elvira Nabiullina repeatedly stated last year that the regulator was pursuing a policy of diversifying the investments of international reserves, taking into account all the risks, including financial, economic and geopolitical. The bank began selling US Treasuries in April, when Washington imposed new sanctions on Moscow. By early fall, investments, which in 2010 amounted to $176 billion, were reduced to $14 billion.