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Rouble crisis sparks run on Belarus currency

Posted on 22 December 2014

Belarussians were in a panic over the Russian rouble’s plunge, rushing to convert their savings to dollars and euros as they fear a devaluation of their currency. The run on the Belarussian rouble forced the central bank to announce a “temporary” tax of 30 percent on all purchases of foreign currency. The bank also required all exporters to convert half of their foreign revenues into local currency.
Interest rates were raised to encourage Belarussians to keep their money in their bank accounts, according to a statement published on the central bank’s website. The Belarussian rouble is not officially pegged to the Russian currency, but the ex-Soviet country’s economy is heavily dependent on its giant neighbour………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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