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Information Notice

The Board of Directors’ Decision on the Bank of Russia Interest Rates (Unofficial translation)

The Bank of Russia External and Public Relations Department informs that on 15 May 2013 the Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia decided to maintain unchanged the refinancing rate and the interest rates on the Bank of Russia main liquidity provision and absorption operations and to reduce effective from 16 May 2013 the interest rates on certain longer-term operations by 0.25 percentage points (table “Interest rates on the Bank of Russia operations”).

The decision was supported by the assessment of inflation risks and economic growth prospects. The cut in the interest rates on longer-term liquidity provision operations brings the cost of obtaining liquidity from the Bank of Russia by credit institutions closer to the interest rates on the Bank of Russia main liquidity provision operations, which will contribute to strengthening the interest rate channel of the monetary policy transmission mechanism.

In April and at the beginning of May the rate of inflation remained above the target range and as of 13 May 2013 was estimated at 7.2% over a year ago. Core inflation in April amounted to 5.7%. Observed pace of inflation is mainly explained by the food prices growth and the dynamics of certain regulated prices and tariffs. The inflation rate staying above the target range for a prolonged period of time may affect economic agents’ expectations and thus poses inflation risks, in particular taking into account the planned increases in the natural monopolies’ tariffs. However, according to the Bank of Russia projections based on the assumptions of maintaining the current monetary policy stance and absence of adverse food prices shocks, the rate of inflation will return to the target range in the second half of 2013.

The dynamics of the key macroeconomic indicators pointed to a continuing deceleration of economic growth in the first quarter of 2013. The industrial output did not increase as compared to the first quarter of 2012, investment activity stayed weak. Against this background economic confidence indicators are gradually deteriorating. There remain risks of further economic slowdown, stemming among other factors from the sluggish global recovery. At the same time, labour market conditions and credit dynamics still provide support to the domestic demand.

The Bank of Russia will continue to monitor inflation risks and the risks of the economy slowing down. In making monetary policy decisions the Bank of Russia will be guided by the inflation goals and economic growth prospects.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia on monetary policy issues is planned to be held in the first half of June 2013.

Interest rates on the Bank of Russia operations
(% p.a.)

Purpose Type of instrument Instrument Term Rate since 03.04.13 Rate since 16.05.13
Liquidity provision Standing facilities (fixed rates) Overnight loans 1 day 8.25 8.25
FX swaps (rouble rate) 1 day 6.50 6.50
Lombard loans, REPO 1 day, 1 week1 6.50 6.50
Lombard loans 30 days1 6.50 6.50
REPO 12 months1 7.75 7.50
Loans secured by gold Up to 90 days 6.75 6.50
From 91 to 180 days 7.25 7.00
From 181 to 365 days 7.75 7.50
Loans secured by non-marketable assets and guarantees Up to 90 days 7.00 6.75
From 91 to 180 days 7.50 7.25
From 181 to 365 days 8.00 7.75
Open market operations (minimum interest rates) REPO auctions 1 day 5.50 5.50
Lombard and REPO auctions 1 week 5.50 5.50
3 months 6.75 6.50
6 months1 7.25 7.00
12 months 7.75 7.50
Liquidity absorption Open market operations (maximum interest rates) Deposit auctions 1 week 5.00 5.00
1 month1 5.75 5.75
3 months1 6.75 6.50
Standing facilities (fixed rates) Deposit operations 1 day, 1 week1,
1 month, call
4.50 4.50
For reference:
Refinancing rate 8.25 8.25

1 Operations have been suspended.

15 May 2013

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