The weighted-average dollar rate with tomorrow settlements came to RUR30.25 as of 11:30 Moscow time. Thus, the official dollar rate for tomorrow will be the same as today.
Commercial bank experts attribute this development to the Central Bank's intervention. Analysts say that over the first 1.5 hours of trade the Bank purchased at least $50m out of the total volume of $105m at the UTS. The Central Bank has been buying US currency in large lots as the total number of transactions is now as little as 79.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said