The gold and currency reserves of the Russian Central Bank amounted to $83.5bn on April 9, 2004. It means that they decreased by $100m in the period from April 2 to 9. The reserves have dropped for the third week in a row. They have lost $1.3bn since March 19. As a result their current volume is equal to the level of late January 2004.
Meanwhile, Russian Central Bank Chairman Sergey Ignatyev told President Vladimir Putin at their meeting on April 9 that the gold and currency reserves were $83.8bn on April 5. Thus, the reserves lost $300m in three days. This seems to the result of considerable payments on foreign debts.
The United States and NATO are conducting provocative activities both in airspace and waters of the Black Sea, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu said