Russia To Increase Gold Holdings By 13% In 2011, Will Buy 100 Tonnes Of Gold Each Year

The WSJ reports that The Central Bank of Russia, which seems to have missed Doug Kass’ Friday Fast Money appearance, plans to buy 100 metric tons of gold from domestic banks a year in order to replenish the country’s gold reserves, Deputy Head of the bank Georgy Luntovsky said Monday, according to the bank’s press service. In 2010 Russia’s gold reserve increased 23.9% to 790 tons, or 25.4 million Troy ounces. As a reminder China has just over 1,000 tonnes in official holdings. Which means the PBOC will most certainly not be late to get on the bandwagon, although unlike the CBR, will unlikely issue a press release to announce its plans.

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