The gold and currency reserves of the Russian Central Bank amounted to $54.5bn as of March 21, which was a $200m drop compared to the previous week. This has been the first decrease in the reserves since December 27, 2002, when the reserves also eased back by $200m. As a result, the volume of the reserves has in fact retreated to the level of the beginning of March. As reported earlier, in the period from January 3 to March 14, 2003 the gold and currency reserves of the Central Bank advanced by $7bn from $47.7bn to $54.7bn.
After it turned out that Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov included the Fonbet betting company in the list of backbone enterprises that can count on state support, everyone started talking about these bookmakers.