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The Central Bank of the Russian Federation also known as the Bank of Russia (Russian: Банк России Bank Rossii) is the central bank of the Russian Federation, founded in 1860 as The State Bank of the Russian Empire,[1] headquartered on Neglinnaya Street in Moscow. Its functions are described in the Russian constitution (Article 75) and in the special Federal Law.

Bank of Russia
Банк России
Headquarters 12 Neglinnaya str., Moscow, Russian Federation
Coordinates 55°45′47″N 37°37′14″E / 55.76303°N 37.62056°E / 55.76303; 37.62056
Established 1860 (1860)
President Elvira Nabiullina
Central bank of  Russia
Currency Russian ruble
RUB (ISO 4217)
Reserves $427.6 B, As of 17 November 2017
Bank rate 8.25%
Preceded by State Bank of the USSR (between 1922-1991)



Russian postage stamp sheet in commemoration of 150-year anniversary of setting up of Bank of Russia.
Timeline of central banking in Russia
Dates System
1769–1818 State Assignation Bank
1818–1860 State Commercial Bank
1860–1917 State Bank of Russia
1917–1922 People's Bank of the RSFSR
1922–1991 State Bank of the USSR
1991–present Central Bank of Russia
Bank of Russia headquarters in Moscow

State Bank of the Russian EmpireEdit

GosBank headquarters in Saint Petersburg (1905)

The decision to create a State Bank of the Russian Empire was made by Emperor Peter III on May 1762,[3] which was modeled on Bank of England and would have the right to issue bank notes. However, due to the coup on June 28, 1762 and the murder of the Czar, the project was not implemented. The outbreak in 1768 of the Russian-Turkish War and deficit of the state budget forced Catherine II, in turn, refer to the idea of issuing a paper money, and in December 1768 she formed the State Assignation Bank, which existed until 1818 and was replaced by the State Commercial Bank, but the first central banking body in Russia was established on 12 June [O.S. 31 May] 1860 as The State Bank (GosBank) of the Russian Empire (Russian: Государственный банк Российской Империи) which was formed on the base of the State Commercial Bank by ukaz of Emperor Alexander II. This ukaz also ratified the Statues of the bank. According to the Statute, it was a state-owned bank, intended for short-term credit of trade and industry.

In early 1917 the Bank had 11 branches, 133 permanent and 5 temporary offices and 42 agencies. On 7 November 1917 the Russian State Bank was disestablished and replaced by The People's Bank which existed until the establishment of the Soviet Gosbank.

State Bank of the Soviet UnionEdit

The Central Bank of the Russian FederationEdit

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia) was established July 13, 1990 as a result of the transformation of the Russian Republican Bank of the State Bank of the USSR. It was accountable to the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR. On December 2, 1990 the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR passed the Law on the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia), according to which the Bank of Russia has become a legal entity, the main bank of the RSFSR and was accountable to the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR. In June 1991, the charter was adopted by the Bank of Russia. On December 20, 1991 the State Bank of the USSR was abolished and all its assets, liabilities and property in the RSFSR were transferred to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia), which was then renamed to the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia). Since 1992, the Bank of Russia began to buy and sell foreign currency on the foreign exchange market created by it, establish and publish the official exchange rates of foreign currencies against the ruble. In the summer of 2017, within the framework of the joint project of the Bank of Russia and Yandex, a special check mark (a green circle with a tick and ‘Реестр ЦБ РФ’ (State MFO Register) text box) appeared in the search for Yandex system, informing the consumer that the company's financial services are offered on the marked website, which has the status of a microfinance organization.[4]

Role and dutiesEdit

According to the constitution, it is an independent entity, with the primary responsibility of protecting the stability of the national currency, the ruble.[5]

Before September 1, 2013, it was the main regulator of the Russian banking industry, responsible for banking licenses, rules of banking operations and accounting standards, serving as a lender of last resort for credit organizations. After pointed date functions and powers of CBR were significantly expanded and the central bank received the status of a mega-regulator of all financial markets of Russia.[6]

It holds the exclusive right to issue ruble banknotes and coins through the Moscow and St. Petersburg mints, the Goznak mint.[citation needed] The central bank issues commemorative coins made of precious and non precious metals as well as investment ones made of precious metals, which are distributed inside and outside the country.[7] In 2010 in honor of its 150th anniversary it issued a 5-kilo commemorative gold coin Alexander II.[8]

Under Russian law, half of the bank's profit must be channeled into the government's federal budget. The Central Bank of Russia is a member of the BIS.[9]

The Bank of Russia owns a 57.58% stake in Sberbank, the country's leading commercial bank. The Bank of Russia owns as well 100% stake in Russian National Reinsurance Company (RNRC), biggest national reinsurance company. RNRC was established for prevention possible problems with abroad reinsurance of large risks under International sanctions during the Ukrainian crisis, like Crimean Bridge constructing.[10]


Governors of the State BankEdit

The Governor was appointed by the Emperor of Russia.

Name (governor) Photo Term of office Appointed by
Start of term End of term
1 Alexander von Stieglitz   June 10, 1860 1866 Alexander II
2 Evgeniy Lamanskiy   1866 1881
3 Alexey Tsismen   1881 1889 Alexander III
4 Yuliy Zhukovskiy   1889 1894
5 Eduard Pleske   1894 1903 Nicholas II
6 Sergey Timashev   1903 1909
7 Alexey Konshin   1909 1914
8 Ivan Shipov   1914 1917

Chairman of the Board of the USSR State BankEdit

The Chairman was appointed by the Premier of the Soviet Union.

Name (governor) Photo Term of office Appointed by
Start of term End of term
1 Aron Sheinman[11]   1921 1924 Vladimir Lenin
2 Nikolai Tumanov   March 5, 1924 January 16, 1926 Alexei Rykov
3 Georgy Pyatakov   April 19, 1929 October 18, 1930
4 Moissei Kalmanovich   October 18, 1930 April 4, 1934 Vyacheslav Molotov
5 Lev Maryasin   April 4, 1934 July 14, 1936
6 Solomon Kruglikov   July 14, 1936 September 15, 1937
7 Alexey Grichmanov   September 15, 1937 July 16, 1938
8 Nikolai Bulganin   October 2, 1938 April 17, 1940
9 Nikolai K. Sokolov   April 17, 1940 October 12, 1940
10 N. Bulganin   October 12, 1940 May 23, 1945 Joseph Stalin
11 Yakov Golev   May 23, 1945 March 23, 1948
12 Vasily Popov   March 23, 1948 March 31, 1958 Georgy Malenkov and Nikolai Bulganin
13 N. Bulganin   March 31, 1958 August 15, 1958 Nikita Khrushchev
14 Alexander Korovushkin   August 15, 1958 August 14, 1963
15 Alexey Poskonov   1963 1969 Alexei Kosygin
16 Miefodiy Svieshnikov   1969 1976
17 Vladimir Alkhimov   October 11, 1976 January 10, 1986 Nikolai Tikhonov
18 Viktor Dementsev   January 10, 1986 August 22, 1987 Nikolai Ryzhkov
19 Nikolai Garetovsky   August 22, 1987 June 7, 1989
20 Viktor Gerashchenko   June 7, 1989 August 26, 1991 Valentin Pavlov
21 Andrei Zverev   August 26, 1991 December 20, 1991 Ivan Silayev

President of the Central Bank of RussiaEdit

President of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank
Elvira Nabiullina

since June 24, 2013
Appointer President of Russia
Formation May 31, 1860; 157 years ago (1860-05-31)
First holder Alexander von Stieglitz
Website Bios

The President of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank is the head of the central banking system of the Russian Federation. The Head is chosen by the President of Russia; and serves for four-year-terms after appointment. A Head may be appointed for several consecutive terms (Sergey Ignatyev was the Governor of the Central Bank for 11 years, and he was appointed three times, in the longest serving term in post-soviet Russia).

Name (governor) Photo Term of office Appointed by
Start of term End of term
1 Georgy Matyukhin   December 25, 1990 May 16, 1992 Boris Yeltsin
2 Viktor Gerashchenko   November 4, 1992 October 18, 1994
3 Tatyana Paramonova   October 19, 1994 October 22, 1995
4 Alexander Khandruyev   November 8, 1995 November 22, 1995
5 Sergei Dubinin   November 22, 1995 September 11, 1998
6 Viktor Gerashchenko   September 11, 1998 March 20, 2002
7 Sergei Ignatyev   March 21, 2002 June 23, 2013 Vladimir Putin
9 Elvira Nabiullina   June 24, 2013 present


The Central Bank of Russia holds directly significant participatory interests in a number of Russian companies:

Additionally, the Bank of Russia held earlier interests in some other Russian organizations. In particular, after the liquidation of Gosbank (State Bank of the USSR), the CBR beneficially acquired complete or controlling interests in five so-called “Russian Foreign Banks” (until 1991 — “Soviet Foreign Banks”):

All of them were members of the USSR Vneshekonombank system and were transferred to the CBR in 1992 by the Resolution of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of Russia. For over five years — 2000 to 2005 — all stocks of the Russian Foreign Banks were being purchased from the Bank of Russia by VTB Bank. As part of the financial support to credit institutions, the Bank of Russia invests in them through the Banking Sector Consolidation Fund and acquires (on a temporary and indirect basis) shares in the equity of such banks. The first project of this kind was Otkritie FC Bank, in summer 2017.


In December 2014, amidst falling global oil prices, Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, capital flight, and fears of recession, the bank had increased the one-week minimum auction repo rate up by 6.5 points to 17 percent. This caused a run on the rouble, and on January 29, the bank decreased the rate by two points to 15 percent.

In January 2015, the head of monetary policy, Ksenia Yudayeva, a proponent of strict anti-inflation policy, was replaced by Dmitry Tulin, who is "seen as more acceptable to bankers, who have called for lower interest rates".[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ History of the Bank of Russia. 1860-2010. In 2 vols. Ed.: Y. A. Petrov, S. Tatarinov. 2010.
  2. ^ CBR. "Bank of Russia Today:History". 
  3. ^ Об учреждении Государственного банка [On the establishment of the State Bank] (in Russian). XV, 1758—1762 , № 11550 (Полное собрание законов Российской империи (ru) с 1649 года ed.). СПб.: Типография II отделения Собственной Его Императорского Величества канцелярии. 1830: 1021–1023. 
  4. ^ "Bank of Russia to mark microfinance organisations on the Internet | Банк России". Retrieved 2017-08-16. 
  5. ^ Bank of Russia:Banking Legislation
  6. ^ "Elvira Nabiullina: Establishing a mega regulator for the Russian financial sector", Bank for International Settlements : Central bankers' speeches : Speech by Ms Elvira Nabiullina, Governor of the Bank of Russia, at the Federation Council, Moscow, February 15, 2017
  7. ^ "Commemorative Coins - Banknotes and Coins - Bank of Russia". 
  8. ^ "Russia to issue 5 kg gold coin" Archived May 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., The Financial Express. May 19, 2010. Accessed May 19, 2010.
  9. ^ "Inside the Risky Bets of Central Banks", The Wall-Street Journal. Dec. 12, 2012
  10. ^ "Putin signed a law establishing a National reinsurance company", World News, Breaking News, July 4, 2016
  11. ^ "The State Bank of the USSR". Bank of Russia Today. Bank of Russia. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Jason Bush, Lidia Kelly and Alexander Winning (30 January 2015). "Russian central bank makes surprise interest rate cut". Reuters. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 

Further readingEdit

  • Barenboim, Peter (2001). "Constitutional Economics and the Bank of Russia". Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. 7 (1): 160. 

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