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More Russians Saving in Dollars

More Russians Saving in Dollars Russians’ preference for ruble-denominated savings declined last month for the first time this year as more people saved in dollars, a survey showed Tuesday.

The number of Russians saving in rubles fell to 88 percent in May from 92 percent the previous month, the state-run VTsIOM pollster said. Dollar-denominated savings rose to 11 percent from 7 percent in the same period, it said in an e-mailed statement.

The ruble has lost 3.6 percent against the dollar since the beginning of this year, while gaining 13.2 percent against the euro, Bloomberg data show. Russians kept 8 percent of their savings in euros in May, unchanged from the previous two months, according to VTsIOM.

VTsIOM interviewed 1,600 people in 42 regions for the survey last month. The margin of error was 3.4 percentage points.