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Minister Warns of Inflation as Russian Ruble Falls to Record Low

Published: January 30, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • The ruble has reached a historic low.
    Photo: Vedomosti

The Russian ruble continued its slide Wednesday to reach historic lows as a government minister warned that the currencys continued plunge could cause a spike in inflation.

The euro climbed 55 kopecks to 48.02 rubles on Wednesday evening in Moscow, the rubles weakest showing against the European currency since trading began. The dollar rose 47 kopecks to 35.20 rubles by the same time, the rubles lowest value against the greenback since 2008.

Related: Economist Advises Russians to Dump Ruble, Buy Hard Currency

If the ruble continues to weaken it will result in more expensive imports and could boost inflation, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev warned during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Prime business news agency reported.

Other emerging market currencies are falling alongside the ruble as the United States winds up giant money printing programs that have buoyed emerging markets, but the rubles dive has been among the most pronounced.

Related: Ruble Continues Fall, Lowest Level Since 2009

The Russian currency traded Wednesday outside the central banks trading corridor for the second time in 2014, as the regulator failed to keep the currency within the target band.

The central bank, which controls the value of the ruble through interventions on the currency market, has widened the target corridor for the ruble by 65 kopecks since the start of the year.





 


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